FANS travelling to Wembley to watch Wigan Athletic in their historic FA Cup final showdown with Manchester City are being urged to choose options other than the regular rail service when making travel plans.
Engineering works and services finishing early on the day of the game have raised a red flag that supporters would not be able to get their are back on the day of the game by rail.
The Football Association have confirmed that the match will kick off at 5.15pm on Saturday May 11.
A Virgin Trains spokesman said: “We understand that fans are not going to make it to the last train, and we have made this very clear to the FA and Network Rail.
“We appreciate this is not ideal for fans and not the way we like to do things. We hope that lots of people will make a weekend of it in London and we can get them home on the Sunday.”
The same works hampered travel plans for fans attending last Saturday’s semi-final win over Millwall.
Private companies offered chartered train services for the game and it is expected that they will announce further ones for the final in the coming days.
As it stands the last service from Wembley back to Wigan leaves at 7.58pm, leaving fans with only minutes to get from the stadium onto the train.
If the game should go to extra-time or penalties, fans would not be able to return to Wigan that evening by train.
The FA Cup winners receive £1.8m prize money and return to Wembley in August for the Community Shield.