Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Praise for Newcastle United Travel Plan

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Praise for Newcastle United Travel Plan

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A TRAVEL scheme run by Newcastle United was praised by a campaign group as they called on football clubs to help fans tackle the "spiralling cost" of getting to matches.

The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has written to the chief executives of all Premier League clubs and given details of a survey showing how much fans fork out to follow their favourites.

The CBT survey showed that 23% of fans spend more on travel than they do on a match ticket, with supporters travelling by train spending the most, followed by passenger-less car drivers.

Organisers cited some examples of clubs already helping fans with travel plans. Newcastle United's "Magpie Mover" gives season ticket holders matchday use of public transport across Tyne and Wear for PS10 for the season.

A similar although more-expensive option is available to Sunderland fans, while Arsenal have worked with Transport for London and others to help fans leave the car at home.

Transport planning means the percentage of fans arriving by car at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in north London has fallen from 30% to 10% since the club moved from their old Highbury ground. …

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