A14 closed at Bar Hill over weekend - plus all you need to know about trip to the Tigers
INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS
We travel to Hull City on Saturday 15 September in the Sky Bet Championship. The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the KCOM Stadium.
This is based on Hull City’svisiting supporters guide to the KCOM Stadium plus additional information specific to this game.
For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or (+44) (0) 7968 876504.
Hull City information
The address for Hull City AFC is the KCOM Stadium, West Park, Hull, HU3 6HU.
Hull City has produced a visiting supporters guide which can be found via the following link:
This contains useful information and is worth reading. Information for away disabled and ambulant disabled fans is included in this document.
Some Information can also be found at:
We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to the KCOM Stadium and information that is specific to our fans.
Specific information for Town fans:
Tickets for the game are now on sale at a cost of £12 for adults and all concessions. Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches or in person in Planet Blue, subject to the usual priorities and availability. Note that under 2s are not permitted in the stadium and under 14s need to be accompanied by an adult.
Travelling to Hull City
Official coach travel is now on sale (subject to the usual priorities) and can be booked on www.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue.
For those travelling from Ipswich the coaches are leaving Portman Road at 08:15 at a cost of £27 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 21:00.
There is a planned stop on both the outward and return trip at Peterborough Services.
Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game. If you want to organise a pick-up at any of these locations, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email email@example.com. The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on the Wednesday prior to the game (i.e. midday on 12 September). Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.
Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden. ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.
Important Note: The A14 will be closed at the Bar Hill Junction from 9pm, Friday 14 September to 6am, Monday 17 September to allow the installation of the Bar Hill Bridges. The diversion is onto the A428 towards St Neots / Bedford, and then onto the A1189 towards St Ives / Huntingdon. Although this does not add a lot of distance, it is likely to be much longer in terms of time. The diversion applies in both directions.
More information can be found here:
The Sat Nav postcode is HU3 6HU for the stadium.
The route recommended by Hull City, which is also our preferred route, is the A14 / A1 / A1M / M18 and M62 east. Take the M62 east to the end and join the A63 to Hull. The stadium is clearly signposted off the A63 with the Hull City visiting supporters guide directing as follows: “After approximately 13.5 miles take the slip road (just after you enter the 40 mile per hour speed limit and before the Daltry Street flyover) signed Local Traffic/Infirmary. Follow the slip road to the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, which is Rawlings Way. Follow Rawlings Way to the main traffic lights and turn left onto Anlaby Road (A1105). Travel along Anlaby Road for approximately 0.75 miles and over the flyover to the traffic lights at the bottom. At these lights, turn right onto Walton Street. The Stadium at this point is on your right, set in parkland.” There is a simpler version, which is to follow the signs to the infirmary (hospital), find somewhere to park (suggestions below), and the stadium is just a few minutes’ walk away (“you can’t miss it”).
Note that www.google.co.uk/maps suggests taking the A14 / A1 / A46 / A15 / M180 / A15 / A1105. This route takes you over the Humber Bridge. This is a toll bridge costing £1.50 for cars. No credit or debit card payments are possible so cash is needed to pay at the toll booths. Note that there is a specific lane for those with a HumberTag. Use of this lane without a tag will result in a fine.
You might consider leaving the A14 at Newmarket and take the A142 to Ely, then work across to Peterborough or Stamford to join the A1. Beware though that the A142 has severe delays at Ely until the end of 2018 due to a level crossing that closes every few minutes for mainline trains – there is an underpass under construction, but that seems to be adding to the chaos. Last time we went this way, the Ely section took an hour longer than it should.
Whichever way you go, the journey time is normally around four hours, but you should allow at least another hour for traffic, especially given the A14 closure. Watch out for average speed cameras, from the start of the Cambridge ring road as well as on the St Ives to Huntingdon section, and again on the A1 between Peterborough and Grantham.
Park & Ride
The Priory Park & Ride, Hessle is signposted from the A63 (Clive Sullivan Way). There are 650 parking spaces with a frequent bus service dropping off and picking up spectators outside the stadium on Anlaby Road.
Beware that some streets around the stadium are resident-only zones. Cars parked illegally in these areas will be issued with parking tickets.
Parking is available at the Walton Street Car Park, adjacent to the stadium, at a cost of £5 per car. If you are using a Sat Nav, use the postcode HU3 6GA. Access to the car park is from Walton Street - travel along Walton Street and after the park entrance, take the 3rd Car Park entrance on your right (just after the white telephone kiosk) into the Walton Street Car Park. It is a large car park but it can take a while to clear after the game.
Parking is also available at the Infirmary which is signposted from the A63. It is around a 10 minute walk from here.
Disabled Supporters Parking
Disabled parking is available for away fans at the Walton Street Car Park. This is adjacent to the KCOM Stadium. There is a designated parking area for Blue Badge Holders with parking free of charge. If you are using a Sat Nav, use the postcode HU3 6GA.
There are also a limited number of spaces available near where the away coaches park. To arrange a space here contact Ann Holland on 01482 358303 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 72 hours before the game. Alternatively contact the ITFC Disabled Liaison Officer on 01473 400556 or email email@example.com for assistance.
Note: If you travel via London, there are planned engineering works with buses replacing trains between Marks Tey and Ingatestone in both directions.
You can travel cross-country to Hull but will need to change at Peterborough and Doncaster. www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates a train from Ipswich at 08:00 arriving at 11:53. The 09:58 from Ipswich with changes at Peterborough and Doncaster arrives in Hull at 13:51 which may be cutting it fine if there are any problems en route. After the game there is a train leaving Hull at 17:27 (you will need to leave the game smartish to make this). With changes in Doncaster, Peterborough and Cambridge you won’t make it back to Ipswich until 23:03 so you may choose to stay in Hull a bit longer and catch the 19:27. This arrives back in Ipswich at 23:22 – changes are needed in Doncaster and Peterborough.
Travel via London will involve the dreaded rail-replacement bus service between Marks Tey and Ingatestone. Trains to Hull go from London Kings Cross. The journey time is around 5 hours 30 minutes. As an indication the 06:43 from Ipswich will get you to Hull at 12:18 (with a bus from Marks Tey to Ingatestone, train Ingatestone to Liverpool Street, underground from Liverpool Street to Kings Cross and train from Kings Cross to Hull). There are no tubes between Liverpool Street and Kings Cross due to engineering works, so you are best advised to walk the 5 minutes to Moorgate station and take the Northern Line. Otherwise, it’s Central Line to Bank, then Northern Line to Kings Cross.
On the return journey if you travel via Kings Cross, the first train out at 17:27 requires a change at Doncaster for London. With the replacement bus service, www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates that you will arrive back in Ipswich at 23:06. The 18:34 from Hull is direct to Kings Cross arriving at 21:14. This should connect to the 22:00 to Ipswich. With a bus from Ingatestone to Marks Tey the arrival time in Ipswich is 00:07.
If you can manage a few hours without a beer, bear in mind that the Galloways option should get you home considerably earlier than any rail option, despite the A14 problems explained above.
Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes.
Getting to the ground from the station
The KCOM Stadium is approximately a 20 minute walk from the railway station. Come out of the main exit of the station and turn right towards the traffic lights at the junction of Anlaby Road and Ferensway. Turn right and follow the signposts to the stadium. The Hull Royal Infirmary will be on your right.
After the hospital turn right onto Argyle Street. Join the footbridge on the left – this goes all the way to the KCOM Stadium.
There are also buses which run from the station to the ground. These include the number 2 (departs from bay 6) and number 66 (departs from bay 7).
The Brickmakers (also referred to as the Park View) pub opposite the Stadium car park entrance is away fan friendly. It has a big screen showing Sky Sports and BT Sport both before and after the game, as well as a burger van outside the pub. The Walton Street Social Club also admits away supporters, with an entry cost of £1. The Hull visiting supporters guide indicates that the club offers reasonably priced beer and offers a separate area for the sale of food, such as burgers and chips.
There are a number of other pubs within a few minutes’ walk of the stadium, but these are all designated as being for home supporters only – particularly the Silver Cod pub.
We have previously found the city centre pubs fairly welcoming (but please bear in mind that large, loud groups of away fans may find their options a bit limited). In looking for specific suggestions, we came across this rather useful website: http://www.hullaletrail.co.uk/ which includes a short guide to many pubs and a handy map.
There are plenty of hotels in Hull. A selection is listed in the Hull City visiting supporters guide. Also, in the guide is a list of attractions in the area.
At the ground
Tickets on the day?
Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game about one or two days prior to the game. This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@Official_ITFC) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available.
We will be in the North East corner of the KCOM Stadium. Note that the Hull City visiting supporters guide states that “the KCOM Stadium is an all-seater arena and all supporters are asked to remain in their seats at all times. Supporters are also asked to ensure gangways and aisles are kept free from obstruction in case of emergencies.”
Hull City have a designated Supporter and Disability Liaison Officer, Ann Holland, on site at every home game to assist with any questions or issues.
If you have any enquiries in advance of our trip, Ann can be contacted on 01482 358303 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.
The matchday programme is available from designated programme sellers around the KCOM Stadium and within the arena. We are advised that the programme features approximately 20 pages of away team content.
Food and Drink facilities
Food and drink can be purchased from the concourse kiosks. Hull’s visiting supporters guide advises that under certain circumstances alcoholic drinks are not on sale. We don’t recall a situation when we were unable to purchase alcohol but will advise if this is the case.
The food offering includes Hull’s own award-winning Hull Pie range so we will be able to compare with our superb Portman Pies. Fillings including Steak and Red Wine, Roast Chicken and Sage Stuffing and BBQ Pulled Pork. Other food and drink offers vary on a game-by-game basis.
Hull City also say that fans are welcome to take refreshments – snacks and soft drinks brought in small plastic bottles or flasks – into the KCOM Stadium. Please note that alcohol cannot be taken into the ground.
Smoking is not allowed in the stadium. From five minutes before half time, supporters may exit the stand to smoke outside but you must return no later than five minutes after the match restarts. Electronic cigarettes are not allowed in the stadium.
Ground regulations and Lost Property
If you want to bring flags or banners to the game please look at the information in the Hull visiting supporters guide. Information is also provided for fans that lose items at the game.