Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Doncaster

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 13 August 2011

As you may know, I support West Ham. You may also know that I follow the Irons all over  the country at away games, which I travel to by train obviously (given that I would rather have my penis removed in a freak shaving accident than go on an extended road journey). So I had the thought to record on here the details of all of my journeys here, there and everywhere as I traverse the country following our attempt to get out of the Championship and return to the Premier League. So, we’ll start today, with our first away game of the season at Doncaster Rovers:

Date: 13 August 2011
Stadium: Keepmoat Stadium
Capacity: 15,231
Attendance: 11,344
Away Section: North Stand
Score: Doncaster Rovers 0-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Doncaster
Local Rozzers: South Yorkshire Police
Total Travel Cost: £49.50p (2 x Advance Singles)

Rail Journeys:
10:41 – New Cross Gate to Highbury & Islington (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)
Victoria Line – Highbury & Islington to Kings Cross St Pancras (2009 Stock)
12:03 – London Kings Cross to Doncaster (East Coast InterCity 125 High Speed Train)
17:53 – Doncaster to London Kings Cross (East Coast InterCity 225 Mallard)
Victoria Line – Kings Cross St Pancras to Highbury & Islington (2009 Stock)
20:03 – Highbury & Islington to New Cross Gate (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)

Station to Stadium: The Keepmoat Stadium is located about two miles from the town centre, which is where Doncaster station is. There is no nearby railway line, but First South Yorkshire runs a special bus service (75X) runs from the bus station adjacent to the railway station direct to the ground. The stadium is however walkable as it is straight down the Trafford Way – just make sure you take a bottle of water. But it is good exercise.

Anything else?: Not really sure that you could find some way of linking the Keepmoat to a rail network; Doncaster is not big enough to warrant its own light rail network, and is not close enough to any existing rail line to connect it to the network.

Doncaster railway station


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