Supporters who wish to travel regularly with the Charlton Athletic Rail Travel Group to weekend away games outside Greater London (also Gillingham, MK Dons, Oxford United and Southend United) can usually take advantage of discounted return rail fares, usually in conjunction with 'Advance Purchase' tickets, thanks to special purchases made by the CARTG Co-ordinator, Syd Cheeswright.
Train travellers to Fleetwood Town FC on 10th September 2016 face some unusual issues as follows.
There is NO railway station near or in Fleetwood. The ground is SEVEN miles to the north of Blackpool North station. The tram from along the promenade and later along Radcliffe Road OR the number 1 bus from near Blackpool North station both go close to the ground in Park
The tram goes every 15 minutes and the bus about every 10
minutes. Best to allow 60-70 minutes overall for the total tram or bus journey. An all day interchangeable ticket costs £5.
CARTG supporters are catching the 08.00 train from Euston arriving12.03 at Blackpool North, after a 39 minute change at Manchester
Piccadilly. Don’t get a later train as the outward ‘Advance Purchase’ fare on the 08.20 to 09.40 trains, inclusive, costs £20.20 extra.
The Northern rail direct trains, for £10 return, only operate hourly. (It’s £16.90 if you change at Preston). Return from BN at 18.40, after a 38 minute change at Manchester Piccadilly gets you 23.02 back at Euston.
Total ‘Advance Purchase’ fare tickets cost £52 return – ALL are ‘Train Specific’.
Finally, don’t catch the 08.30 outward from Euston via Birmingham to Preston unless you want to spend £41.50 single!
Fans may have seen the club announcement concerning the recruitment of a new volunteer Rail Travel Co-Ordinator. This is a result of the wish by Syd Cheeswright to retire from the job after 10 years. Normal service should resume when the new apointee is in post, rather than the limited number of just two games to Fleetwood and Bradford as detailed above.