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City v Man Utd - Travel Guide

City host Manchester United in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday night (December 20th) - here's a handy travel guide for fans.

With the largest home attendance for 37 years coinciding with a busy evening for Christmas shoppers, the road network across Bristol will be extremely busy and car parking at a premium.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND JOURNEY PLANNING

•    Fans can plan their best route using the Travel West journey planner www.travelwest.info/jp
•    Ashton Road and Marsh Road will be closed from 5:30pm in the interest of crowd safety
•    We strongly advise fans to leave plenty of time for their journey TO the stadium and arrive early AT the stadium where there will be busy turnstiles and enhanced security checks
•    The Sports Bar will open at 3pm
•    The Fan Village will open at 4pm -  music, entertainment, activities, food and drink (including a mulled wine and cider bar)
•    Turnstiles open at 6pm – free gaming zone pre-match in the Lansdown Stand lower concourse, plus double-discount in concourse kiosks between 6-7pm

TRAIN

•    Parson Street station is a 20-minute walk and serves much of Somerset, South Wales and Bristol
•    Bristol Temple Meads is the nearest mainline station, a 40-minute walk and connected to Ashton Gate by the ABus service (details below)
•    Proposed engineering works have been pushed back and extra services provided for an improved service
•    www.gwr.com has been updated with the latest information and includes a journey planner to help you plan your route

DEDICATED BUS SERVICES

AG1 from/to Portway Park & Ride
•    Collects along the Portway
•    Times, stops and fares are shown here
•    The service is operated by First Bus and the total journey time is usually around 15 minutes

AG2 from/to Brislington Park & Ride
•    Runs directly to the stadium
•    Times and fares are shown at here
•    The service is operated by First Bus and the total journey time is usually around 20 minutes

AG4 from/to South Bristol
•    Serves much of south Bristol including Whitchurch, Hengrove, Bishopsworth and Bedminster Down
•    Times, stops and fares are shown at here
•    The service is operated by First Bus and the total journey time is usually around 30 minutes

Abus from/to Brislington and Bristol Temple Meads
•    Serves Totterdown, Temple Meads, Haymarket, the Centre and Hotwells
•    Details and stops are listed here
•    Buses will depart Brislington, Eagle Road at 1830, 1845 and 1900
•    Single £2 / Return £3 (season card holders return = £2). English concessionary card holders travel free. Return buses operate from outside the Trust Ford dealership on Winterstoke Rd
•    The service is operated by Abus and the total journey time is usually around 30 minutes
NB - In the event of extra-time or penalties the return journey times of all dedicated bus services will be adjusted accordingly.

PUBLIC BUS SERVICES

•    Local bus services connect the stadium with much of Bristol and Somerset
•    A route map can be viewed here
•    Plan your journey using the route planning tool here
•    Services include….
Service 24
•    Stops on Ashton Road
•    Operates up to every 12 minutes (every 30 minutes during the evening)
•    Serves Bedminster, City Centre, Old Market, Easton, Eastville, Lockleaze and Southmead Hospital
•    Adult singles range from £2 to £3 and return / all day travel is £4.50
Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9
•    Stops at Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)
•    Operates at frequent intervals
•    Serves Hotwells and City Centre
•    Adult singles range from £2 to £6 and return / day ticket from £4 to £7.50
Service 71
•    Stops at Blackmoors Lane (Ashton Bridge)
•    Operates up to every 15 minutes (every 30 minutes during the evening)
•    Serves Hotwells, City Centre, Gloucester Road, Filton Avenue and UWE Frenchay
•    Adult singles range from £2 to £3 and return / all day travel is £4.50
Services X1, X2, X3, X3A, X4, X6, X7, X8 and X9
•    Stops at Winterstoke Road (Ashton Bridge)
•    Operates at various frequencies
•    Serves various locations, including, Weston-super-Mare, Portishead, Clevedon and Nailsea
•    Adult singles range from £2 to £6 and return / day ticket from £4 to £7.50

Visit the FirstBus website and search by service number for more specific timing information – www.firstgroup.com/bristol

WALK

•    Fans are likely to find walking is the quickest and easiest way to/from the stadium
•    Most of south, west and central Bristol are within an hour’s walk
•    East Street, St John’s Lane, Clifton Village and the city centre all accessible in under 30 minutes
•    Use the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your route

CYCLE

•    There are 96 cycle parking spaces outside the South Stand along with a free bike pump
•    The stadium is served by numerous cycle paths – always consider your safety especially when cycling in the dark
•    Click here for a local area cycle route map
•    Visit www.betterbybike.info/cycleplanner to plan your route including cycle rack locations, elevation and route type. Use the stadium postcode BS3 2EJ to help plan your route

OFFICIAL CAR PARKS

•    Onsite – car parks are sold out
•    Offsite – a limited number of spaces remain available close to the stadium. Please call Supporter Services on 0117 9630 600 (option 1), Monday – Friday 9am-5pm to book your place
•    Disabled – a limited number of spaces remain available in the off-site car parks (see above). A wheelchair drop-off area is available in the South Stand car park.

UNOFFICIAL CAR PARKS

The below car parks are not club operated but well located to serve the stadium

Bedminster Cricket Club
The Clanage, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX (signposted ‘Bedminster Cricket Club’)
4pm-2am
£5
Ten-minute walk

All Star Action Days
The Clanage, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JX (entrance next to the former Police riding stables)
1pm-4am
£10-£20
Ten-minute walk

Church Lodge, Ashton Court
Ashton Road (B3128), Long Ashton, BS41 9JN (entrance before The Ashton public house)
24 hours [special arrangement for this fixture. Other Bristol City Council operated car parks will close at usual time]
£1.20 per day
20-minute walk

Wapping Wharf
Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RH
24 hours
2-4 hours £4.50, 4-24 hours £9 (option to pay by phone)
25-minute walk

Bedminster NCP
Dalby Avenue, Bedminster, BS3 4HH
24 hours
£4 from 5pm-2am (£4 evening rate starts at 5pm for this event only)
25-minute walk

Prince Street NCP
Prince Street, Bristol Hotel, Bristol, BS1 4QF
24 hours
£4 from 5pm-2am (£4 evening rate starts at 5pm for this event only)
30-minute walk or #24 bus from city centre

Rupert Street NCP
Rupert Street, Bristol, BS1 2PY
24 hours
£4 from 5pm-2am (£4 evening rate starts at 5pm for this event only)
45-minute walk or #24 bus from city centre

•    Private parking is available in the area, please visit justpark.com for more information