Ed Sheeran fans to get thousands of extra train seats for Ipswich shows
PUBLISHED: 19:30 11 February 2019
Fans heading to Ipswich for Ed Sheeran's four concerts in Chantry Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend should find many extra trains laid on to take them home
Rail company Greater Anglia has linked up with Ipswich council and the concert ticket agents to try to persuade fans to let the train take the strain if they’re heading to the town for the concerts.
Network Rail has confirmed it will not have any lines leading to Ipswich closed for the Bank Holiday weekend because of the concerts at the park which will also feature Suffolk-based rockers The Darkness.
Now Greater Anglia is trying to arrange extra trains to take fans home from the concerts which are scheduled to end at 10.30pm.
Fans will be expected to walk from the station to Chantry Park. Officials at Ipswich council are preparing to make an official walking route across Gippeswyck Park to the concert site.
Ipswich borough councillor Phil Smart has been working with the rail company and ticket sellers to try to encourage fans to travel to the town by rail.
He said: “We are hoping that 15% to 20% of the fans will come to town by rail. That is about 6,000 to 9,000 a night. We think that the train tickets will be cheaper than the coaches that are being arranged by the ticket promoters.
“And we also think people who come to the town by train may come up earlier and visit the town before going on to the concert – bringing more money to businesses in Ipswich. People in coaches will just be dropped off at the concert and picked up again with no incentive to visit the town.”
He added: “We have been very pleased by the response of the rail authorities and the ticket promoters to the bid to promote rail travel.”
There are expected to be trains from Ipswich to London, Norwich, Cambridge and Lowestoft after the concerts – leaving the town sometime after 11pm. There are expected to be several extra trains heading to London.
A Greater Anglia spokeswoman said: “We are always pleased to support local events wherever possible and practical. We’re working with Network Rail and event organisers to run the best possible service for the Ed Sheeran concerts.
“More details will be released nearer the time, once the train plan has been finalised.”