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Important travel advice for Arsenal…

25 October 2016

Road closures and more for Emirates trip

Below is some useful information for supporters travelling to Arsenal on Tuesday evening for our EFL Cup fourth round fixture.

As always, we would urge supporters to leave ample time for their journey, and to check their route carefully before travelling – as well as listening out for live travel information and delays.

With over 5,000 Reading supporters heading to the Emirates for this fixture, the roads will be pretty busy – not to mention the usual rush-hour traffic in the capital!  So we have compiled some useful info for travelling supporters.

Our fans are reminded that tickets for travelling supporters are completely sold out, and you should not travel to the Emirates without a valid match ticket.

A1 closures as part of Upper Holloway Bridge replacement
Transport for London (TfL) is advising road users that a series of closures of a section of the A1 are required later this month to continue work on replacing the century-old Upper Holloway Bridge. This vital work means users of the A1 Holloway Road will need to use alternative routes and leave more time for journeys to reduce disruption during the closures, which will start from 10pm on Friday 21st October.

The closures, between Fairbridge Road and Wedmore Gardens, are to allow for vital utility services to be moved from the Upper Holloway Bridge to a specially-made utilities bridge. The road bridge needs to be replaced and the utilities bridge has been built to ensure Londoners do not experience an interruption to their services when it is rebuilt and that future utility work will not result in road closures or disruption.

Please see the map below, where the area due to be closed is marked.  The Emirates is located to the south-east of the closure.

Road works near Highbury & Islington station
There are also road works outside Highbury & Islington station which are likely to cause additional congestion at Highbury Corner, which may require you to allow additional time for your journey.  In addition there are also road closures to support the works – Highbury Station Road (between Holloway Road and Swan Yard) will be closed, as well as Highbury Crescent (between Highbury Place and Highbury Terrace).

More information about this closure can be accessed on the TfL website by clicking here.

Supporter Parking
Emirates Stadium is situated in a residential area with a Residents Parking Scheme in operation in the roads surrounding the ground.

Fans travelling by car should please refer to Arsenal’s Away Supporters Guide for Emirates stadium by clicking here for information about parking options nearby.

Only residents with permits are allowed to park in the designated areas, and any cars parked illegally will be towed away.
Live travel updates
Head to AA Route Planner for more information about your route, including live information about delays.

You can also get live updates whilst on the road using the Waze app for iPhone and Android.

Travelling by Rail/London Underground
Regular services will be running between Reading and London Paddington.  The outbound journey to Paddington can take less than 30 minutes by rail, and return trains run at least every 25 minutes until after midnight.

Click here to check the train times on the National Rail website.  Please note that the cheapest option is to buy tickets including a Travelcard, which includes both the outbound and return journey as well as your Underground journey.

There are three stations within a 15-minute radius of the Emirates.  These are:
•    Arsenal (Piccadilly Line)
•    Finsbury Park (Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line, National Rail – Great Northern Rail)
•    Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line, Overground – North London Line, National Rail – Great Northern Rail)

Please note that Holloway Road station is exit-only before and after Arsenal first-team matches, with pre-match eastbound trains not stopping.  Drayton Park is closed on matchdays.

To plan your journey within London TfL website, click here.

Please see the below map for routes to the stadium from local stations.

Official Away Pub – Shillibeers
Shillibeers, owned by West Berkshire Brewery, will be our official away pub for this fixture.  Located conveniently close to the Emirates, it’s a great way to start what we’re hoping will be a great night!  Serving some Madejski Stadium favourites – including the ever-popular Good Old Boy – it’s bound to be a packed full of fans wearing our blue and white hoops.

For more information about Shillibeers, click here.

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