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Bristol City - 17th March

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Bristol City on Saturday 17 March in the Sky Bet Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to the Aston Gate.

This is based on information on the Bristol City website plus additional information specific to this game. 

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

Bristol City information

The address for Bristol City Football Club is Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ.

The Bristol City Away Fans Guide can be found at the following link:

https://www.bcfc.co.uk/fanzone/supporter-guides/away-fans-guide/

Information on travel and parking can be found at the following link:

https://www.bcfc.co.uk/fanzone/travel-parking/

Some Information can also be found on http://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/ashton-gate-bristol-city.html.

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below, and added other material based on our experience of going to Ashton Gate and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans

Ticket sales

Tickets for the game are on sale at a cost of £25 for adults with concessions for 65+, U22s and U19s.  Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches.  

Travelling to Ashton Gate

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 08:45 at a cost of £28 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 22:00.  Coach travel is on sale and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com.  

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.

Pick-ups at Marks Tey can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up, please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group. 

Car

The Sat Nav postcode for Ashton Gate is BS3 2EJ. 

From Ipswich, you have two routes to choose from.  The A12 / M25 / M4 route is marginally quicker assuming a clear run, the other option being A14 / M6 / M42 / M5.  Either way, it’s likely to take the best part of four hours – we would suggest that you allow at least another hour for traffic.    

If you take the A12 route, beware of a couple of stretches of average speed cameras (that are not all that well signposted), roughly halfway between Ipswich and Colchester and around Kelvedon / Witham.  

The Bristol City travel information gives the following directions from the M4.  “At junction 19, exit the M4 onto the M32 towards Bristol.   Continue on the A4032. Turn left at A4044/Bond Street and continue to follow the A4044.   At the Temple Circus Gyratory, take the 2nd exit onto the A4/Templegate.   At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A370/York Road.  Continue to follow the A370.  Go through one roundabout.  Take a slight left to merge onto Brunel Way.  Take the next left at traffic lights for Ashton Gate.”   

Note that this route directs through Bristol City Centre and the journey time can be significantly increased due to traffic.  It can often be considerably quicker to travel along the Portway via the M5.   For the Portway (A4), leave the M4 at junction 20 and join the M5 South-bound.  Leave the M5 at junction 18 and travel along the Portway (A4) following the signs for Bristol Airport/Taunton (A38).  Go over the swing bridge (Brunel Way) and branch left into Winterstoke Road, and then left again at the traffic lights for Ashton Gate.

Note that if you choose the A14 route, watch out for average speed cameras, on a long stretch covering around 25 miles from the start of the Cambridge ring road to Huntingdon.  Also note that there are long-term roadworks and speed restrictions on the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon, as the entire section is being rebuilt.  This is causing even worse delays than you would normally expect on that stretch.  

(Note, that to park at the Bedminster Cricket Club (see below) you will need to exit the M5 at junction 19 and follow the A369 rather than junction 18.  This is a slightly less direct option, but from experience it works pretty well, as it avoids city centre traffic).

Parking

There is no parking at the ground. 

Bedminster Cricket Club, a five to ten minute walk from the ground, offers secure parking with a bar and food.  The cricket club is on Clanage Road (A369), BS3 2JX.  www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that it costs £5 per car to park.  Note that the A369 is reached by leaving the M5 at junction 19, rather than at junction 18 in the driving directions to Ashton Gate

There is also parking available at private sites on Ashton Vale Road.

If you street park, you are asked to be mindful of local residents and the community, and respect all road laws. 

Disabled Supporters Parking

Bristol City provides two accessible parking bays for away disabled supporters.  Disabled fans should contact Bristol City’s Supporter Services on 0117 963 0600 (option 1) for details of these limited disabled spaces which are available for blue badge holders.   Alternatively you can contact ITFC by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556 and ask for their assistance.

Train

Note:  There are planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London route on the day of the match with buses replacing trains between Ingatestone and Newbury Park – this adds around an hour to normal journey times between London and Ipswich. 

For Ashton Gate you need to travel to Bristol Temple Meads and not Bristol Parkway.   From Bristol Temple Meads you can catch a train to Parson Street which is the nearest station to the ground, being around a mile away.   Going to Parson Street you need to catch a train bound for Weston-Super-Mare.  The return journey is in the direction of Bristol Parkway (with a stop at Bristol Temple Meads).  Trains to Parson Street are at 26 minutes past the hour plus one at 13:53 – the journey time is 4 minutes.  Returning after the game, note that www.greateranglia.co.uk indicates that the first train leaves at 18:35.  Note that www.footballgroundguide.com suggests that on a matchday there are more frequent trains so it is worth checking.

www.greateranglia.co.uk shows timings for the journey from Ipswich to Ingatestone, Ingatestone to Newbury Park, Newbury Park to Paddington and Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads.  The journey time is around 5 hours 15 minutes.  To get from Newbury Park to Paddington you take the Central Line to Oxford Circus where you change to the Bakerloo Line to Paddington.

When planning your return journey, allow enough time to either get the train from Parsons Street back to Bristol Temple Meads or the long, 45 minute walk (see below). 

Getting to the ground from the station

Walking from Parson Street

If you take the train from Bristol Temple Meads to Parson Street, it is around a twenty minute walk to the away end.  Walk along Parson Street towards the A38 passing Temple Street on your right.  Turn right onto the A38 and take a left turn into Palmyra Road.  Continue onto Duckmoor Road until you come to Ashton Road.  Take a left turn along Ashton Road – you will see the stadium on your left.

From Bristol Temple Meads

a)     Walk

Bristol Temple Meads is at least two miles from the ground.  It is possible to walk – from experience this takes around 45 minutes.  From the station, walk along Station Approach to the main road.  Turn right onto Temple Gate/A4 and cross the zebra crossing to the other side of Temple Gate (you will see the Holiday Inn Express).  Continue on Temple Gate and take a left turn into Redcliff Mead Lane. Continue on to Prewett Street.  When you come to the A38 / Redcliff Hill turn left.  At the roundabout take the fourth exit onto Coronation Road / A370.  Follow this road to the B3120 (don’t worry if you feel it is taking forever  to reach the B3120 – it always feels a long way!) and turn left onto the B3120.  This road becomes Ashton Road and you will see the stadium.  (note than an alternative route is via Commercial Road/ Cumberland Road rather than Coronation Road – this can be accessed at the roundabout – this is the route if you want to take in the wonderful Orchard Inn cider and real ale pub on Hanover Place.  From Cumberland Road you cross the River Avon on a footbridge which takes you onto Coronation Road). 

b)     Taxi

If you don’t fancy the walk, a taxi from the station will cost around £8.  It is well worth considering if you are in a group.

c)     Bus

The matchday shuttle bus can be picked up near Bristol Temple Meads station.  It leaves one hour before kick-off and returns after the match has finished.  The pick-up point is located across the main road (Temple Gate) at the end of Station Approach outside the exit to Temple Meads station.  The drop off / pick-up point is Winterstoke Road (this is the main road running past the stadium which has Wickes and KFC on it).  The bus is operated by “A Bus” and costs £2 for a single ticket and £3 for a return ticket.  Home supporters also use this service but we not aware of any problems.  Note that there are only three buses allocated so they do fill up quickly.

There are also a number of public buses which serve Ashton Gate.  More details can be found at:

https://www.bcfc.co.uk/fanzone/travel-parking/

Pubs

The South West Branch of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club has invited Town fans to join them from 12 noon at the King Street Brew House, Welsh Back BS1 4RR.  The pub is about a 45 minute walk to the stadium from the pub, but most fans will taxi-share to the ground.  

There are many other pubs and bars in that area, which includes the famous King Street quarter.  To feel properly local, a visit to the amazing cider barge (it doesn’t serve beer of any description), called Apple, on Welsh Back is a must. 

The Bristol City Away Fans Guide advises away fans to avoid pubs on North Street and that the Robins and the Rising Sun which are closer to Ashton Gate are strictly home fans only.

The Away Fans Guide suggests the Nova Scotia, 1 Nova Scotia Place, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ, Bristol which is just off the Cumberland Road and the Rose of Denmark, 6 Dowry Place, BS8 4QL.

For those parking at Bedminster Cricket Club there is a bar offering food and drink for purchase.

At the stadium itself, behind the Atyeo Stand (and away turnstiles) there is a dedicated Fan Village for away fans.  This has food and drink available for purchase. 

Food Outlets

There is a KFC (assuming they have resolved their chicken supply problems) close to the stadium.  A bit further away, also just of the A3029 is a Sainsbury’s.

At the ground

Tickets on the day?

Fans will be advised whether tickets are available for purchase on the day of the game only 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.

Away end

We will be in the Atyeo Stand.  Entrance is via turnstiles 39-46 which are accessed via Ashton Road.

Disabled Supporters

There are 20 wheelchair spaces for away fans.  If you require wheelchair or ambulant disabled tickets then you should contact ITFC on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk or by phone on 01473 400556.

Any supporters with mobility issues who will have difficulty accessing the stadium from designated parking or drop-off points should contact Bristol City’s disability liaison officer Gareth Torpy on gareth.torpy@bristol-sport.co.uk, or by phoning 0117 963 0670.

Accessible Toilets

There are two accessible toilets located in the Atyeo Stand for away supporters.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium.  From recent experience, searches tend to be quite strict and thorough at Ashton Gate, so you can expect queues to form immediately pre-match. 

Programmes

The Matchday Programme can be purchased from around the ground for £3.

Food and Drink facilities

Inside the stadium, the kiosks sell a wide range of food and drink.   

We understand that alcohol will be on sale.

Smoking

Ashton Gate is a no smoking venue.  This also applies to the use of electronic cigarettes (and/or similar products).

Behaviour

The use of threatening behaviour, foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden at Ashton Gate.  If you witness any inappropriate behaviour please speak to a steward.