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Extra Trains for Swans Fans

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 29, 2013

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EXTRA carriages and trains will be laid on to help transport the Jack Army to its Wembley showdown next month.

With Swans' first ever appearance in the Capital One Cup final taking place on a Sunday there were initial concerns the traditional reduced service between south west Wales and the south east would cause travel chaos on February 24.

However First Great Western has confirmed that it is to improve its Sunday service to make sure Swans fans enjoy their moment of fame.

A spokesman for the train provider said: "First Great Western are happy to confirm that we plan to operate a number of additional services on Sunday, February 24, to assist Swansea fans travelling to and from London for the Capital One Cup Final.

"You will not be able to reserve seats on these additional services, and they will be boarded on a first come, first served basis. Fans intending to travel on these services are advised to give themselves plenty of time to get to the station.

"You will be able to make seat reservations on all other scheduled services from Swansea to Paddington and return.

"Additional services are also being planned for the return journey. The departure times of these services will be confirmed on the day and is dependent on whether the game finishes at the end of 90 minutes or if extra time/penalties are required. Fans are advised to allow plenty of time for their return journey, and note that the timings of the additional services to Swansea will only be made known when they arrive back at Paddington."

However there was some bad news with longer than expected journeys announced.

The spokesman added: "On this date our colleagues at Network Rail are undertaking engineering work in the Cardiff area, as well as between Bristol Parkway and Swindon and also between Reading and London; as a result journey times to Paddington from South Wales and are extended by up to 50 minutes.

"Similar extended travel times will apply for trains returning from Paddington in the evening."

The Swans booked their place in the final through proving the bookmakers and most pundits wrong by upsetting the odds in pulling off a two leg aggregate victory over reigning European Champions Chelsea.

Michael Laudrup hailed his Swansea City heroes saying: "Over two legs, Chelsea had the ball more than us. That is normal, that is Chelsea. But last night they didn't really have any good chances. We had some good chances. They had to score at least two, but to be honest we deserved it. They didn't score once in 180 minutes.

"Most of these players have never been to a final. I've been there lots of times as a player and a manager, and it is so different. It is absolutely amazing and you will always remember it."

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  • Scribe2  |  January 29 2013, 1:40PM

    A favoured route is to head along the M4 and exit to High Wycombe. Park at the station and trains go direct to Wembley Stadium.

  • brochadav  |  January 29 2013, 12:47PM

    How much will these trains cost? Seems to me that's it's probably cheaper (and less potential hassle) to go by bus, minibus or car.