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TRAVEL ALERT UPDATED 19/11 - England vs NZ train services disrupted

17 November 2009

  • Fans are advised to allow at least an extra hour for their train journey on Saturday
  • Stretch of line closed between Feltham and Twickenham

Fans planning to attend the England v New Zealand match at Twickenham have been advised to allow extra time if travelling to the stadium by train. Extensive flood damage to a bridge in the Feltham area means no direct train services are currently running between Feltham and Twickenham

As a result, special arrangements have been put in place for rugby fans travelling to the match on Saturday 21 November 2009.

Customers travelling from London Waterloo

Eight trains per hour will run direct from London Waterloo to Twickenham. However, passengers should be aware that these trains are likely to be extremely busy and are advised to allow additional time to get to and from the game.

Customers travelling from Reading and the West Country

Customers are advised where possible to travel on First Great Western services via Reading to London Paddington. From Paddington take London Underground services to London Waterloo (Bakerloo line) or Richmond Station (District line). South West Trains tickets will be accepted on First Great Western services at no additional cost.

Customers travelling from stations west of Feltham on South West Trains services

All South West Trains services from Reading will terminate at Feltham Station. It is not possible to convey passengers direct to Twickenham by bus due to road closures in the Twickenham area, so arrangements are being made to transfer customers by bus from Feltham to Kempton Park Station. For two hours before the game and for two hours after the game four trains per hour will run direct from Kempton Park to Twickenham. Outside those times there will be two trains per hour running from Kempton Park to Twickenham. Please note that buses and trains are likely to be extremely busy.

Passengers are advised to allow at least an extra hour for their journey

South West Trains Managing Director Andy Pitt said: "We are aware that a significant number of people will be travelling to the rugby international at Twickenham and we are working hard to try and minimize any inconvenience caused by the impact of the extensive bridge damage on our services. We would like to apologise to fans for the extra time it will take to get to and from the game and we would like to thank them in advance for their patience."

Full details of the alternative travel arrangements are available on the South West Trains website at www.southwesttrains.co.uk

 

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