Boxing Day Clash
With the 40,000 plus crowd expected against Burton at Villa Park and the stripped down public transport on Boxing Day (around Birmingham and the rest of the country), MOMS thought it was worth passing on the heads-up given by the club in terms of Villa supporters giving advance thought to their travel plans.
Obviously, first off, leaving a little earlier than normal is recommended.
Looking at the weather forecast for Monday, it’s meant to be a bright sunny day, although colder than the Christmas weekend. The temperature should be 6 degrees at kick-off, but will then drop a couple of degrees once it gets dark.
The club statement regarding travel to the Burton game read as follows:
Boxing Day Travel Info
Given the increase in the number of fans attending this match, we would advise all fans attending as follows:
National Express Buses will be operating a Sunday timetable.
Please double check the timetable before using bus services (ensure you can get home post-match).
London Midland will not be operating trains on Boxing Day.
If you are driving to Villa Park, please car share where possible to reduce the number of vehicles attending the match.
If you are driving to Villa Park, use official car parks only – please visit the transport section of the website and plan what car park you intend to use.
If you are travelling from the north, please use junction 7 of the M6 and access car parks north of the stadium such as Apparelmaster & Birmingham City University.
Do not drive past junction 7 to access Villa Park from junction 6.
The nearer you park to Villa Park, the more likely you are to encounter traffic congestion before and after the match.
Boxing Day would be the ideal fixture to use car parks such as Star City & Powerleague (junction 6 M6) or Aparelmaster & Birmingham City University (junction 7 M6), as these car parks are less likely to be affected by post-match traffic.
Wear sensible footwear that take the weather conditions in to account.
Please leave in plenty of time before the match to avoid pre-match traffic build up – ideally much earlier than you would for other 3pm fixtures.
The Residents Parking Zone will be in operation as normal.
Parking in local streets may see your vehicle issued with a parking penalty of up to £60.
All taxi firms will be operating as normal both before and after the match, but please be aware that additional traffic may mean you have to wait to secure a cab.
The traffic exclusion zone will be in operation.
We’d also like to take the opportunity to wish all of our supporters a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you on Boxing Day!
One idea to help with your Villa Park travel, especially if there’s a few going, get a FREE ride to the ground (up to £15 for first time sign-ups) from Uber by using the code MYOLDMAN. Sign-up here – http://bit.ly/UBERmyoldman
Follow MOMS on Facebook here – myoldmansaid