Rail work brings cup final woe

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WARRIORS fans heading to Wembley for the Challenge Cup Final are set to be hit by travel chaos.

Engineering work on the West Coast mainline on the weekend of August 27/ 28, which connects Wigan and London, means that there will be no regular train service taking passengers to the capital from Wigan North Western station on Challenge Cup final day.

A number of alternatives have been put in place – but it will mean greater travel times for fans heading to the showpiece match against Leeds Rhinos.

A spokesman for Network Rail confirmed: “There will be engineering work taking place from Wigan North Western, meaning the line will be closed up until Crewe.

“However, a number of buses will be put in place on the day to take people from Wigan to Crewe where normal train service will resume.”

It throws a spanner in the work for Warriors fans who were hoping to go down on the train but a number of alternative routes are available to them.

As well as the buses to Crewe, fans can get down to London from Manchester by travelling there first. However, clever heads at Wigan Warriors who foresaw the problem have come up with their own solution. A direct charter train service has been made available which will take supporters from Wigan directly to Wembley Stadium Station.

It will leave Wigan at approximately 8am and will re-routed through Manchester and down to London from there.

There will also be a fleet of coaches put on by the club as well as a number of other local coach firms.

The charter train is priced at £56 per person with a discounted cost of £51.50 for season ticket holders, Ancient & Loyal members, under 16s who are accompanied by an adult and seniors over the age of 60.

Limited First Class Seats are available and the club will be revealing full details of departure in due course.