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Virgin Trains to and from the England v Estonia European Championship Qualifier at Wembley - 13 October 2007


Virgin Trains has been inundated with demand for train travel from football supporters travelling to London for the England versus Estonia European Championship Qualifier at Wembley on Saturday 13 October.

Many fans have reserved seats, but those without reservations are advised that Virgin Trains is unable to guarantee fans travel on the train of their choice arriving in London Euston before 15:00 and departing from Euston after 17:00 on that day.

Reservations on all these trains have had to be suspended in the interests of public safety. They will be loaded on a strictly first come, first served basis and customers are advised to allow extra time to board services. Anybody not holding a seat reservation for these trains runs the risk of not being able to travel on their preferred service.

Chris Gibb, Managing Director for Virgin West Coast, said today: “The holding of large sporting events anywhere on the railway network presents a huge logistical challenge for the industry. We feel it is our duty to be honest with supporters now, rather than ruin their big day by not getting them to and from the match. Just turning up and expecting to board a train is not something that we would recommend and may result in some fans not being able to travel.”

Also, British Transport Police is encouraging fans to plan their travel in advance and will police appropriately to ensure a problem free day. BTP wishes to avoid circumstances which could lead to disorder while asking for co-operation of all fans to ensure they have an enjoyable day.


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