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Cardiff here we come!

Posted on 19 February 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Essential travel and visitor information from Cardiff County Council, including maps for coaches and cars.

"Fantastic place, fantastic people, fantastic atmosphere, fantastic stadium." That was the verdict of one Liverpool fan after last year's FA Cup final, so why not come and see for yourself what all the fuss is about?

'Come early and make a weekend of it' is the message for fans visiting Cardiff for the Worthington Cup final on Sunday, February 24. And organisers are also encouraging visitors to travel by public transport wherever possible to minimise traffic congestion.

Paul Jenkins, Chief Marketing and Tourism Officer for Cardiff Council, said: "We would encourage fans to make the most of their visit to Europe's youngest capital. Cardiff has everything you would expect of a capital and is certainly the place to be at weekends. There's a superb range of accommodation, exceptional shopping, restaurants and bars as well as a nightlife second to none.

"And the beauty of holding a major sporting event in Cardiff is that the stadium is in the heart of the city. This makes for a fantastic all-round experience and means public transport is a viable option for fans travelling to and from the city.

"We would advise visitors to plan their travel carefully, to allow plenty of time and to use public transport wherever possible. There is ample free coach parking for groups and the train will bring travellers within two minutes' walk of the stadium. If fans must come by car, they should car-share and follow the signs to dedicated park and ride facilities on the outskirts of the city."

Key messages for fans:
Car parking in the city is limited and there is a need to minimise traffic congestion over the weekend so fans should use public transport where possible.

Dedicated free coach parking will be provided in the city centre, and the central train station is within two-minutes' walk of the central city and shopping precinct.

If using the car fans should car share where possible and follow the appropriate signs into the city, which will indicate routes and parking facilities specially designated for Tottenham Hotspur.

Park and ride facilities will be available.

Fans should leave sufficient time to complete their journey.

The stadium is in the centre of the city with shops, pubs and restaurants all in easy walking distance.

Roads around the Millennium Stadium will be pedestrianised from noon until one hour after the final whistle.

When leaving Cardiff, fans should stagger their journey to avoid delays on major routes in and out of the city.

Route plan for Tottenham fans: (please see map attached)

Cardiff by Rail
Travelling by rail will bring you into Cardiff Central Station, just 2 minutes' walk from the Millennium Stadium. Because of expected heavy demand, reservations are essential. For bookings and ticket information Tottenham fans should contact First Great Western on 08457 000 125 or via their website at www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

Cardiff by Coach
Tottenham coach operators should use the M5/M4 over the Severn Bridge. Leave the M4 at junction 28. Travel along the A48 following the direction sign to Castleton/St Mellons. Take the B4487/A4161 to Cardiff city centre, following designated parking signs to Lloyd George Avenue, where up to 400 spaces are provided within a one mile walk (15 minutes) of the stadium. Detailed plans and passes for free parking are available to coach operators on request from Jeff Evans at the Millennium Stadium on (029) 2023 1458.

Map for entering Cardiff by coach, Click here

Cardiff by Car
Parking is extremely limited so if fans can use another form of transport, they should do so. Those Tottenham fans who have to come by car should use the M5/ M4 over the Severn Bridge, leaving the M4 at junction 29 and following designated parking signs to 'park & ride' sites for their team. Buses will then take fans to within 10 minutes' walk of the stadium. The cost is just £5 per car including bus travel to the central city.

Map for entering Cardiff by car, Click here

For up-to-the-minute travel and traffic information:

Log on to www.visitcardiff.co.uk or www.cardiff.gov.uk for information about Cardiff, including traffic and travel information.

Tune in to Real Radio on 105-106FM or Red Dragon FM on 103.2FM or 97.4FM for local travel bulletins.

Phone the Cardiff Information Line on 0870 558 2582.

Fans can also access the National Assembly for Wales's travel information line in advance of and on the day of the game on 0845 602 6020, by e-mail m4ntais@wsatkins.co.uk via wap at www.traffic-wales.wap or via their website at www.traffic-wales.com

The information line provides network status, roadwork and route advice for the motorways and trunk roads of Wales. Lines are open from 7:45am to 5pm Monday to Friday but on Saturday, February 23 it will operate from 9am to 2pm and on Sunday, February 24 from 8am to 8pm.

Cardiff has also produced a flyer with a city centre map, containing essential information on travel plans, parking, web site information, information line, accommodation /booking line, and radio frequencies for travelling fans to get up-to-date travel details.

Fans should make sure they have one with their ticket or pick one up from their club and should bring the leaflet with them because one fan in the stadium will win a Limited Edition Worthington Cup ball.

Map for entering Cardiff by coach, Click here

Map for entering Cardiff by car, Click here