Train firm lays on buses in event of FA Cup tie going to extra time

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Abellio Greater Anglia is laying on stand-by buses to take football fans home in the event of Ipswich’s FA Cup match on Wednesday going to extra time or penalties.

The train firm faced criticism last week after fans heading home to West Suffolk after Town’s clash with Charlton had to wait for an extra carriage to be found for the last train home.

Tomorrow’s third round tie against Southampton kicks off at 7.55pm, meaning with extra time and penalties it could finish past 10.30pm.

The last trains back to Bury, Felixtowe and Lowestoft all leave around 10.20pm.

A spokesman for Abellio Greater Anglia said: “We have now considered this further and we will be providing stand-by buses to operate to Bury St. Edmunds, Felixstowe and Lowestoft in the event of the cup replay going to extra-time and /or penalties.

“There are later trains to Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich and these will run at the scheduled time.

“We are unable to run the last scheduled trains later because of the considerable delay this would cause to other passengers using these services, and also because of late-night engineering works that Network Rail is carrying out north of Ipswich on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, which prevents the last trains departing any later.

“Should the match finish in 90 minutes, we are also running an extra train at 22.15 to Stowmarket and Diss, in addition to the scheduled last services to Bury, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.”