Warning for Solihull Moors fans as rail strikes set to impact Wembley journeys

By James Smith

1st May 2024 | Football

Solihull Moors are heading to Wembley twice this May (image via Chiltern)
Solihull Moors are heading to Wembley twice this May (image via Chiltern)

Solihull Moors fans have been warned trains to Wembley later this month will be very busy, and there will be no direct service to the national stadium for the FA Trophy final.

Andy Whing's men will head to the capital for the National League Play-Off Final on Sunday 5 May, followed by the cup final the following Saturday.

But rail operator Chiltern has told fans to make sure they prepare well in advance for both journeys.

Playoff Final

Solihull will face Bromley in the National League Playoff final on Sunday 5 May, having lost out to Grimsby in the same fixture two years ago.

On Sunday 5 May, Chiltern Railways will be running two trains per hour from Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull to Wembley Stadium. 

However, due to engineering works on the route from Birmingham to London Euston, Chiltern Railways is the only option for direct services between Birmingham and London.  

This means that while trains have been lengthened "where possible", services are "expected to be very busy", and customers "may not be able to board their preferred train". 

Queuing systems will be in place at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull before the game, and Wembley Stadium after the game.  

Customers not attending the football are advised that a quieter time to travel between the West Midlands and London will be in the middle of the day while the event is ongoing.  

FA Trophy Final

The Moors' second trip to Wembley in the space of a week will see them play Gateshead.

But industrial action by the ASLEF union is impacting Chiltern services for this fixture.

No trains will call at Wembley Stadium station, and a "significantly reduced timetable" is operating between Birmingham, Solihull, and London Marylebone.  

This means trains are "expected to be very busy", and there will not be a direct service to Wembley Stadium on the day.  

Customers may not be able to board their preferred train, as queuing systems will be in place at Birmingham Moor Street and Solihull before the game.  

Alternative services are available from Birmingham New Street or Birmingham International with Avanti West Coast and London Northwestern, for onward connections to Wembley Stadium via the London Underground network.  

Due to the industrial action, customers are asked to check ahead before they travel and to expect busier journeys across the rail network on this day. 


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