Huddersfield Town fans will plan their trip in droves after their side reached the play-off final with a late victory over Luton Town on Monday night, setting up a Wembley encounter against Nottingham Forest or Sheffield United with a Premier League place on the line . on Sunday May 29.
Trains will run regularly to London on the same day, with those leaving Huddersfield facing changes at Leeds, Wakefield, York and Manchester Piccadilly. However, fans wishing to use the railways should be aware that industrial action by RMT drivers is planned on Transpennine Express services on the day of the final.
This should not affect services to London, but could impact services from Huddersfield to Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly. The National Rail website advises: “If you are planning to travel on a day affected by RMT strikes, you should check for updates until the last minute as services may be subject to changes at short notice. You should also allow extra time for journeys, as services will be much busier than normal.
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It adds: ‘Please check closer to travel time for strike days from Sunday May 22 as travel planners do not yet reflect the reduced schedule.’
The last trains returning to Huddersfield via Manchester and Leeds depart from Euston station at 8.15pm and Kings Cross at 8.35pm respectively. The final is a 4.30pm kick-off and would finish around 6.30pm if the game were to be decided in normal times, but the extra time and penalties could make it difficult for fans to return to central London to bring their trains home with public transport taking a minimum of 36 minutes from Wembley on calm days. On the day of the final, it might take longer. There are however return trains to Leeds scheduled at 9.05pm, 9.35pm and 10.35pm, with the last trains to Manchester leaving at 9.25pm and 9.51pm.
The cheapest return tickets currently available from Huddersfield to London are priced at £126. Alternatively, Huddersfield Town plans to run coach services from Huddersfield to Wembley and back within the day. Further details on this will be available in due course.