Train company LNER has offered advice to Newcastle United fans set to travel to London next weekend for the Carabao Cup final.
The match will be Newcastle’s first Wembley final since the 1999 FA Cup and trains between Tyneside and the capital have sold out across the weekend.
London and North Eastern Railways (LNER) has said via Twitter that fans should only travel if they have a valid ticket and seat reservation for their journey. This is in order to stop trains from getting overly busy throughout the weekend before and after the fixture.
Any remaining seats can be reserved through the LNER website although options are now very limited.
An LNER spokesperson said: “We recognise this is a hugely important occasion for Newcastle United fans and we will be operating as many services as possible and carrying many thousands of fans. We advise that customers only travel on a booked service with a seat reservation. Following unprecedented demand, our services between Newcastle and London King’s Cross on 25 and 26 February are sold out. We continue to work with industry partners to look at ways of supporting fans to attend The Carabao Cup Final.”
Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central MP Chi Onwurah hit out at LNER for not allocating more services between Newcastle and London on the weekend with over 11,500 train tickets having been sold on LNER services. The company has said a timetable uplift which would have allowed for additional services has been delayed after initially being expected in May 2022.