December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
Canaries migrating home for this weekend’s football could end up cursing that they ever flew the nest as a cocktail of traffic disruption looms.
Sunday’s 1.30pm kick-off sees Norwich City taking on Chelsea at Carrow Road, with the home side looking to build on last week’s 1-0 win over Stoke City.
But fans travelling from London for the game could find the traffic as unforgiving as City’s back four last week, with delays expected on both roads and rail.
The long-term project to dual the A11 takes its first weekend victims from tonight, with closures to the road northbound.
Drivers are being advised to set their sat navs for Diss and the A140 to avoid local diversions through Mildenhall.
Those trying to avoid a headache by taking the train will have no such luck, with Network Rail confirming planned maintenance works will be taking place between Manningtree and Norwich over the weekend.
The rail operator admitted there was “never a convenient time” to carry out works, with it often being planned up to two years in advance.
Donald Parish, of Capital Canaries, said he is looking at an extended trip to take up his seat at Carrow Road as he travels from Wanstead.
“I’m driving this one because it looks as though people will be getting a coach from Ipswich if they take the train.
“It’s going to be a nightmare for people, and with the earlier kick-off it means you might find fans setting much earlier than usual,” he said.
The tables will be turned next week, with Canaries fans facing a trip to high-flying Arsenal, with the A11 closures still in play.
Robin Sainty, season ticket holder and EDP columnist, said away travel for City fans was a long-standing problem, with their shortest trip in the Premier League being to Tottenham Hotspur – 108 miles away.
“The problem is that scheduled maintenance always seems to be at weekends when football fans are travelling all over the country.
“With the trains, it doesn’t matter how bad the journey is either – you never get a refund,” he said.