FA Cup Final 2023: How Man City and Man Utd fans can get around London as train strikes impact travel

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Thousands of football fans will descend on Wembley this weekend- but usual journeys around the capital may be hindered by train strikes

The 2023 FA Cup Final is almost here, and fans of Manchester Utd and Manchester City will be making their way to the capital. The all-Manchester affair is set to be a real spectacle and will signal the end of the domestic season. 

 The match will however be affected by fresh rail strikes by train worker unions. Both today (June 2) and June 3 will see members out on strike over pay and working conditions. 

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The strikes mean that usual methods of getting around the city, including underground and overground services, will be disrupted. The strikes will affect fans who are making their way to London today and those getting around London tomorrow as they head to Wembley. 

The underground stations United and City fans will be heading to are Wembley Park and Wembley Central. Wembley Park will bring fans out at the end of the famous Wembley Way and both the Jubilee and Metropolitan lines service this station. 

Wembley Central is more of a walk from the stadium but still within reasonable distance. The Bakerloo and London Overground call at this station. Below we have rounded up the best information on ways you can get around London this weekend. 

Friday June 2

On Friday there will be some disruption to London Overground and Underground services. The Elizabeth line will be impacted with no service between Maidenhead and Reading before 7am and after 7pm.

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There will also be no service between Brentwood and Shenfield from 11pm and before 7am and after 7pm, no Elizabeth line trains will serve the National Rail platforms at Paddington.

The London Overground is also expected to run a reduced service. Normal service is expected on the Heathrow express.

Plenty of taxi services and alternative methods of car transport will be around. Black Cabs, Uber, and Bolt will also be on hand to help people needing to get to their location.

Saturday June 3

London Underground sign. Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images.London Underground sign. Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images.
London Underground sign. Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images. | Getty Images

Disruption is expected on the London Overground and Underground with part closures on the District and Piccadilly lines. This Overground disruption may lead to delays for fans heading to Wembley Central. 

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London buses will be running their service as normal across London but expect a busy service, especially around Wembley. Santander Cycles or Boris Bikes are available across London. Black Cabs, Uber, and Bolt will be operating as normal and will be handy for those travelling in larger groups.

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