Everything you need to know if you are travelling to Oakwell
INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
Our first League away game of the season sees us travel to Barnsley. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Oakwell.
We would like to thank Alan Bloore, one of four Supporter Liaison Officers at Barnsley, for his help.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.
Travelling to Barnsley
Some information on travel by car and train can be found on the Barnsley website at the following link:
The following sets out more specific information for Town fans.
There are no planned engineering works on the route from Ipswich to Barnsley.
If you haven’t already booked your tickets train will not be the cheapest way of getting to Barnsley, with very few cheaper tickets still available.
The journey from Ipswich takes a minimum of 4 hours 15 minutes up to around 5 hours, with several route options available.
There are no direct trains from London to Barnsley Interchange. Barnsley Interchange is served by trains running between Sheffield and Leeds/Huddersfield. You can either travel from King Cross via Wakefield Kirkgate, Kings Cross via Doncaster and Meadowhall (Sheffield) or from St Pancras via Sheffield. Alternatively, you can travel cross-country changing at Peterborough to Wakefield Westgate, walking to Wakefield Kirkgate where you can pick up a train to Barnsley Interchange.
On the way back, if you are reasonably quick out of the ground, then you should be able to make the 17:14, with changes at Meadowhall, Doncaster and Peterborough, arriving in Ipswich at 21:28. If you are travelling back via London, the main options are the 17:40 from Barnsley to Sheffield, where you change for St Pancras, or the 17:42 to Wakefield Kirkgate, then a short walk to Wakefield Westgate, where you pick up a train to Kings Cross. Both these trains should connect comfortably by tube to the 21:30 out of Liverpool Street, arriving back in Ipswich at 22:43.
We recommend that you allow plenty of time when travelling by train as delays are not unheard of.
How to get from the station to the ground
Barnsley Interchange is about a 10 minute walk from Oakwell. The walking instructions are more complicated than you’d expect – basically, you walk in an easterly direction away from the town centre, in the direction of the Metrodome Leisure Centre. As you get close to the Metrodome, just turn right through the away fans’ car parking area. If you prefer more detailed instructions, we’ve pulled the following from the Barnsley website, www.footballgroundguide.com, Google maps and a bit of personal memory:
When you leave the train station turn left away from the town centre along Kendray Street and continue under the dual carriageway. Continue along to the Pontefract Road and almost immediately turn left onto Bala Street. At the end of Bala Street, cross straight over into Belgrave Road. Turn right into Thirlmere Road and take the first left into Grasmere Road to Grove Road where you will find Oakwell.
Alternatively (and if you are heading to the Metrodome Leisure Centre for a drink), you leave the train station and turn left away from the town centre along Kendray Street, continue under the dual carriageway, turn left up the slip road and take the first road on the right (Queens Road). Follow Queens Road towards the Metrodome leisure centre at the top of the hill. Oakwell should be visible on your right and is accessible by walking down the away fans car park.
Travelling by car
If you are using a Sat Nav the address to use is Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN and not the postcode for the football club. The postcode S71 1AN will take you to the away fans parking and the Metrodome.
From Ipswich, the journey time is at least three hours, especially given inevitable delays as the A14 is undergoing a complete rebuild on the notoriously busy stretch between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
The recommended route is the A14, A1, A1(M) to junction 37 where you join the A635 to Barnsley. Continue on the A635 until the 5th roundabout where you take the 4th exit on to Grange Lane/A633. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Pontefract Road. Continue on the Pontefract Road/A628 and connect with Queens Street or Bala Road (as walking instructions) towards the Metrodome Leisure Centre. Oakwell and the Metrodome are both well signposted.
Away car parking is available on the old Queens Ground, right next to the away end – follow the route above to Queens Road and you will see it clearly marked just before the Metrodome. Prices are £5 per car and £20 for coaches. Parking is also available at the Metrodome.
Disabled and ambulant disabled fans should speak to the steward at the entrance to the car park and they will be direct you to a parking space towards the bottom of the car park.
The Metrodome Leisure Centre is the allocated away pub and is just a few minutes’ walk to the away end, through the away fans car park. General advice is to be careful if you plan to drink in town, especially anywhere near the rail / bus station. From past experience, Town fans have enjoyed some of the central pubs pre-match with no problems, but if you have any concerns, and especially if you are in a large group and / or wearing Town colours, then the Metrodome is your best option.
At the ground
Programmes will be on sale at the bottom of the away fans car park at a cost of £3. It is best to buy outside the ground although we are advised that a programme seller does usually go past the away supporters at pitch level.
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the match at the North Stand turnstiles. These are cash turnstiles only. There are two matchday prices of £27 for adults and £20 for over 65s and under 22s – these represent a £2 increase on advance tickets. Note that the cheaper tickets for under 17s (£10) and under 12s (£5) are not available on a matchday – you can only buy them from ITFC.
Food and Drink facilities
In the away end you will find the usual football food. We have been advised that alcohol will be on sale.