Norwich City fans still in the dark about the planned train strike on Monday

A planned 24-hour rail strike from 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday could disrupt fans travel arrangements

A planned 24-hour rail strike from 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday could disrupt fans travel arrangements. Picture: ANTONY KELLY. - Credit: Archant

Thousands of Norwich City fans are waiting to hear the outcome of talks about a planned rail strike which could disrupt their trip to Wembley.

Thousands of fans have already booked places on coaches and minibuses going to the play-off final.

Thousands of fans have already booked places on coaches and minibuses going to the play-off final. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association at Network Rail are set to stage a 24-hour walkout from 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday in a row over pay.

Talks between the two sides at the conciliation service Acas broke up yesterday after six hours, and are due to resume today.

Thousands of fans have already booked places on coaches and mini-buses going to the 3pm match.

David McNally, chief executive of Norwich City Football Club, said the club had filled 120 coaches already with fans wanting transport to Wembley.

He said the club had sold 6,000 coach seats to fans, drawing on operators from beyond Norfolk to ferry the fans.


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He said: 'We are trying to get more in to satisfy demand. If we can we will.'

With the possibility of a rail strike looming, Mr McNally said: 'We are talking to rail companies about the latest information.

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'The strike could get in the way and disrupt plans. We hope the strike doesn't go ahead, but it's outside our control.

'It might be that supporters choose to travel by coach or car.'

Train operator Abellio Greater Anglia has announced that three special trains will take fans home from London, but warned there was likely to be 'severe disruption' if the industrial action does go ahead.

It also said that, because of planned engineering works, all services to and from London will finish and start at Stratford station, not London Liverpool Street.

Underground travel from Stratford to Wembley Park is via the Jubilee Line, a direct service, or the Central / Metropolitan Lines, changing at Liverpool Street, or fans can travel via the London Overground / Bakerloo line, changing at Willesden Junction.

The special trains in the evening must be booked at www.greenrailtravel.co.uk/special

The company said that, if the strike does go ahead, fans should check travel information using the National Rail Enquiries and Abellio Greater Anglia websites.

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