Extra train services mooted for Norwich City’s FA Cup tie at Peterborough United
PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 December 2012
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Train bosses are in talks to provide extra services for Canaries fans flocking to Peterborough for next month’s FA Cup third round tie.
Norwich City fans snapped up all 5,050 tickets for the game at London Road within hours of them going on sale last week.
And East Midlands Trains has confirmed there will be extra carriages for existing Saturday services on January 5 after the game. A decision is also expected to be made this week on whether or not it will be possible to run extra services too.
An East Midlands Trains spokesman told the Norwich Evening News: “We are currently working on plans to provide more capacity for the Peterborough/Norwich football match on Saturday, January 5, and are liaising with colleagues at the other train operators serving Norwich to ensure we have a comprehensive plan in place.
“Full details will be made available over the coming week, however East Midlands Trains will definitely be providing some additional carriages on services after the match.”
Following the sell out for away fans, Norwich City said a waiting list for any returned tickets was closed due to demand.
City supporter Robin Sainty, former chairman of the now defunct Independent Norwich City Supporters Club, said he welcomed any extra train services for the tie, based on his previous experiences of travelling by rail.
Mr Sainty, who will travel by car from King’s Lynn for the game, said: “I know personally a lot of people in Norwich intending to use the train and unfortunately the train companies don’t generally use a great deal of common sense.
“I went to Fulham this season on the train and I think there was a suicide on the line, causing everything to be delayed. This resulted in three trains worth of football fans all having to be crammed into one train.
“At Cambridge, normally the King’s Cross to King’s Lynn service drops to four carriages.
“When it reached Cambridge we thought there’s three times as many people so surely they will send more carriages. But they said no, they will send four to London.
“That does make me slightly worry over what they will plan but common sense dictates that people want to travel on the train, and in fairness if you pay for a ticket you have a right to expect to travel in reasonable conditions.”
City reached round five of the FA Cup last season. Norwich beat Burnley 4-1 at Carrow Road before securing a 2-1 victory at West Bromwich Albion. They were knocked out by Championship side Leicester City, after a 2-1 home defeat.