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FA warns of Wembley travel chaos

Venue: Wembley Date: Wednesday, 10 June Kick-off: 2015 BST Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and the BBC Sport website. TV coverage on ITV


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Supporters who cannot get to the World Cup qualifier between England and Andorra at Wembley on Wednesday will have their ticket money refunded.

A 48-hour strike by London Underground workers went ahead on Tuesday evening and is set to disrupt the travel plans of 70,000 fans attending the game.

"Refunds will be available to ticket holders who do not attend," said Football Association chief Ian Watmore.

"Kick-off will be 2015 BST as planned but fans should expect disruption."

London Underground's website indicates that there is a limited service running between Baker Street and Wembley Park on the Metropolitan Line, while the Jubilee Line, which also stops at Wembley Park, is running with minor delays.

Overground train services run by London Midland and Chiltern Railways are withdrawing services to stations around the stadium, although London Overground and Southern services are expected to call at Wembley Central, North Wembley or Stonebridge Park up to 1800 BST.

However, no overground trains will be running after the game.

Supporters are strongly advised to check with London Underground and National Rail before setting out for the game.

England fans heading for Wembley have always been encouraged to travel on the tube network to the stadium in north-west London.

However, the strike will make it extremely difficult for those hoping to travel to the game.

Watmore confirmed there will be no park-and-ride facilities and warned that car parking at Wembley Stadium is severely restricted.

"Given the strike, the journey home will be difficult and supporters should make their own arrangements and not rely on public transport," he stated.


The FA took the decision last week to halt ticket sales at 70,000 for Wednesday's game in light of the proposed strike and have held discussions with Brent Council and the Metropolitan Police to find the best way to deal with the situation.

"Since the threat of a tube strike started last week we have worked co-operatively with all those parties involved," added Watmore.

"Supporters should plan to travel as early as possible. The turnstiles will now open earlier, at 1745 BST, to limit disruption.

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"Supporters attending should be prepared that because of the planned industrial action, travelling in London will not be straightforward and they should expect a disrupted journey.

"We are disappointed that our supporters are going to be inconvenienced in this way.

"We looked at all the options and this is the best way of putting it on."

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