Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Sheffield Wednesday

Posted in Great Britain, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 9 January 2012

I look forward to the draw for the Third Round of the FA Cup perhaps more than any other day during the entire season, because it throws up the enticing prospect of going…who knows where. One could find oneself at the largest stadium in England, or somewhere that usually has a crowd of one man and his dog. Or you could end up being drawn at home. Which is boring. Thankfully, my wishes this year finally came true as we got an away draw to somewhere both accessible and interesting that I’d yet to get to, and so my travels continue to the blue and white half of the Steel City with a trip to one of English football’s genuine fallen giants, Sheffield Wednesday

Date: 08 January 2012
Stadium: Hillsborough
Capacity: 39,812
Attendence: 17,916
Away Section: Leppings Lane End
Score: Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 West Ham United
Nearest station: Leppings Lane
Local rozzers: South Yorkshire Police
Total Travel Cost: £45.70p (3 x Advance Singles, 1 x Dayrider)

Rail journeys:
09:20 – New Cross Gate to Highbury & Islington (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)
Victoria Line – Highbury & Islington to King’s Cross St Pancras (2009 Stock)
10:30 – London St Pancras to Sheffield (East Midlands Trains Class 222 Meridian)
Blue LineSheffield Station/Sheffield Hallam University to Hillsborough (Supertram)
Yellow Line – Hillsborough to Leppings Lane (Supertram)
Yellow Line – Leppings Lane to Cathedral (Supertram)
Blue Line – Cathedral to Sheffield Station/Sheffield Hallam University (Supertram)
17:54 – Sheffield to Birmingham New Street (CrossCountry Class 221 Super Voyager)
19:30 – Birmingham New Street to London Euston (Virgin Trains Class 390 Pendolino)
Northern LineEuston to Charing Cross (1995 Stock)
21:20 – London Charing Cross to New Cross (Southeastern Class 465 Networker)

Station to Stadium: While Hillsborough may be classed as one of the great stadia in England, it isn’t great when it comes to accessing it from a train. Which is why it is excellent that you don’t have to worry, because of the presence, not five minutes walk from the away end, of the tram stop. It literally is that easy – they even have a signpost on the road down to the ground with “Visiting Supporters” in one direction and “Supertram” in the other.

Anything else?: Although there are a number of tram stops close to other football grounds in England, Leppings Lane is currently the only one that directly serves a football ground that is not a heavy rail interchange.

Leppings Lane tram stop



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