Last trains from Ipswich will not wait for supporters if FA Cup third round goes into extra time

ITFC v Derby County
Supports cheering on Town.

ITFC v Derby County Supports cheering on Town. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Trains will not wait for passengers if Ipswich Town’s football match against Southampton on Wednesday goes into extra time and penalties.

The FA Cup third round replay will kick off at 7.55pm and could finish as late as 10.40pm in the event of a draw at the final whistle.

The last services to Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft from Ipswich all leave around 10.20pm and Peter Meades, of Greater Anglia, said the trains could not wait for late running supporters due to engineering work taking place just north of Ipswich this week.

However, it was decided today that in the event of extra time, stand-by buses to these stations would be put in place, Mr Meades said.

“They will be there until the end of the match and will wait for supporters to get back to the station”, he added.

“It also wouldn’t be fair on passengers not attending the football to wait half an hour or more.”

Rail services to Stowmarket, Diss and Norwich will run until 11.45pm.

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