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TRAVEL GUIDE TO PALACE

21 August 2017

Everything you need to know about getting to Selhurst Park

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Crystal Palace on Tuesday, August 22 in the second round of the Carabao Cup.  Note the early kick off of 7.30pm.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to Selhurst Park.

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.

Crystal Palace information for supporters

The address for Crystal Palace Football Club is Selhurst Park Stadium, Whitehorse Lane, Selhurst, London, SE25 6PU.

Crystal Palace has put the following information together for home and away supporters visiting Selhurst Park on a matchday:

www.cpfc.co.uk/club/visiting-selhurst-park

There is also an away fan guide which can be found here:

www.cpfc.co.uk/siteassets/pdfs/away-fan-guide.pdf

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and also added some material that is specific to us.

Specific information for Town fans:

Travelling to Crystal Palace
Supporters Coach
For those travelling from Ipswich the coach from Portman Road is a good option.  Coaches park close to the away end.  The coaches are leaving Portman Road at 15:30 at a cost of £21 for adults, and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 1am. Note if the game goes to extra time and penalties this time will change.  Coaches can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.

Car
This isn’t the easiest game to drive to.  Selhurst Park is too close to central London to be quickly accessible from the M25, but too far from central London to justify any other route.  You’ll be travelling at a very busy time, and, when you get there, there is no parking near the stadium plus the usual London arrangement of residents’ parking zones for some distance around it.   

The postcode for the ground and your Sat Nav is SE25 6PU. 

We assume that the easiest route is the one recommended on Palace’s own website (on the reasonable grounds that they should know best!).  From Ipswich you take the A12 and join the M25 towards the M20/M23/Dartford Crossing.  Leave at Junction 7, following signs for the A23 to Croydon.  At Purley bear left onto the A23 at its junction with the A 235 (to Croydon). You will pass roundabouts and junctions with the A232 and A236 as you pass Croydon, after which the A23 bears left at Thornton Heath (at the Horseshoe pub roundabout). 

Here you must go straight over, into Brigstock Road (B266), passing Thornton Heath Station on your left and bearing right on to the High Street. At the next mini roundabout, (Whitehorse Road/Grange Road) go left into Whitehorse Lane and Selhurst Park is on your right.

Parking
There is no available parking at the stadium.   Crystal Palace advise that you leave plenty of time if you are looking for local parking – note that some local streets are subject to time restrictions and permit-only requirements.

There are a small number of bays available in Sainsbury’s car park for disabled supporters.  Sainsbury’s is right next to the stadium.  Note that these bays are not monitored by the football club.

Some fans have suggested they will look to park at a nearby station and get a train the last few miles.  There are dozens of options, so probably no need to park as far away as Gatwick airport. 

Train
There are currently no planned engineering works between Ipswich and London on the evening of the game.

The nearest stations are Selhurst, Thornton Heath and Norwood Junction all which are on train lines out of Victoria.   Thornton Heath and Norwood Junction are also on the line out of London Bridge.   Norwood Junction is also on the Overground so you can change at Stratford, get the Jubilee line to Canada Water and the Overground to Norwood Junction.

All three stations are around a 10 to 15 minute walk to the ground.  Note that Crystal Palace station is nowhere near the ground.

After the game Norwood Junction is the only feasible option if you are wanting to connect through to Ipswich.     

With the 19:30 kick off it is possible to get back to Ipswich, even if the game goes to extra time or extra time and penalties.  We recommend you check www.tfl.gov.uk which has an excellent journey planner, as there are several options.  Here we pick out the most obvious and easiest choices:

If the game ends in 90 minutes, then, provided you don’t hang around, you should make the 21:39 from Norwood Junction, where you get the Overground to Canada Water, then the Jubilee Line to Stratford, arriving in time to get the 22:38 train to Ipswich (the 22:30 out of Liverpool Street). There are a number of later trains.  The last option that connects for Ipswich leaves Norwood Junction at 22:39, changing onto the Jubilee Line at Canada Water, and getting to Stratford at 23:20.  There are other route options in-between these times, so if you find yourself with a bit of a wait at Norwood Junction, it would be worth having a look at www.tfl.gov.uk

Getting from the Rail Stations to the Ground
All three stations are around 10 to 15 minutes from the ground, and the simplest advice is to follow everyone else!

From Norwood Junction, at the top of Station Road turn left and follow Selhurst Road (A213) to Park Road.  Turn right and walk along Park Road.  You will see the ground in front of you.  At the crossroads with Holmesdale Road cross over and walk down Park Road to the away end.

From Selhurst walk along the A213 (Selhurst Road) towards Norwood Junction.  Turn left on to Clifton Road and then right on to Holmesdale Road.  At the junction with Park Road turn left.   Alternatively, continue on the A213 to Park Road and turn left and follow the instructions above.

From Thornton Heath walk south west along the Brigstock Road (B266) past Tesco’s on the left and various shops and banks on the right (Barclays Bank, Superdrug and Poundland).  The road becomes High Street.  Continue until you come to Whitehorse Lane.  Turn left on to Whitehorse Lane until you come to Park Road.  Turn right to the away end.

Pubs
www.footballgroundsguide.com suggests two pubs near to Thornton Heath.  The first is opposite the station – a Wetherspoon pub, The Flora Sandes with allows home and away fans.  The second is The Railway Telegraph on Brigstock Road (turn right out of Thornton Heath station and the pub is further down on the left).  It is about a 15 minute walk to the ground.

For those of you who have used pubs around Norwood Junction in the past, we understand that The Cherry Tree next to the station is now home fans only.   The Wetherspoons on the High Street closed down but has re-opened as the Shelverdine Goathouse.

At the ground
Away fans are situated in the corner of the Arthur Wait Stand which dates back to 1969, and feels like it.  The toilets are very much what an estate agent would call an “original feature”. 

Tickets
Crystal Palace have not yet advised us as to whether tickets will be available on the gate.  As soon as this information is available it will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc).

Programmes
Programmes will be on sale outside the ground.  From memory there is a programme seller at the top of Park Road as you walk down the hill to the away end.

Food and Drink facilities
From previous experience in the away end you will find the usual football food.  Crystal Palace have not confirmed whether alcohol will be on sale.

Anti Social Behaviour – Matchday Text Line
If you experience any anti social behaviour; foul, abusive, homophobic or racist language, Crystal Palace advise that you text 07507 477669.

Wheelchair/Ambulant Disabled Fans
The Palace club website includes a lot of information for disabled fans including away fans.  This information can be found here: 

www.cpfc.co.uk/tickets/disabled-supporters/

To order tickets contact Warner Duff on (01473) 400556.


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