FA Cup Semi Finals at Wembley: Saturday/Sunday 16/17 April

By Virgin Trains, PRNE
Thursday, March 17, 2011

LONDON, March 18, 2011 - Virgin Trains is urgently working with clubs involved in the FA Cup semi
finals over the weekend of 16/17 April to ensure thousands of supporters can
travel to and from London quickly and safely.

Virgin Trains has already confirmed five charter trains and is advising
clubs on how to charter further trains from other companies. Supporters are
recommended to get in touch with their respective travel clubs to find out
details of charters that are either confirmed or are being planned.

Chris Gibb, Virgin Trains' Chief Operating Officer said today: "Moving
large numbers of people after any big evening sporting event poses particular
challenges for the rail industry especially coming together as the same
weekend as the London Marathon and another large football match. The use of
charter trains brings as much capacity as possible into use, means fans can
have confidence in their travel arrangements and clubs are able to look after
their supporters."

Those not travelling by charter services will still be able to travel by
Virgin Trains to both matches with extra trains planned from Euston after
both the Saturday and Sunday matches. Clearly, however, with each Pendolino
train capable of carrying a maximum of 439 seated passengers, but with a
crowd of around 80,000 expected for both matches, supporters are being
encouraged to make use of charter services organised through their respective

Details of additional trains will be available on
www.nationalrail.co.uk as soon as timings have been confirmed with
Network Rail.

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