Extra park and ride sites for matchgoers

TWO extra park-and-ride sites for 3,900 cars will be in operation tomorrow to cope with the thousands of football fans arriving in Ipswich for the England-Croatia international.

TWO extra park-and-ride sites for 3,900 cars will be in operation tomorrow to cope with the thousands of football fans arriving in Ipswich for the England-Croatia international.

Town centre car parks will be introducing a one-off £12 charge for the day in an attempt to dissuade motorists from adding to the expected congestion.

The former Sugar Beet factory on Sproughton Road next to the A14 interchange, and the "IP8 field" opposite the Holiday Inn on the Colchester approach (A1214) to the town supplement the established park-and-ride facilities at Copdock and Norwich Road from 11am.

Sproughton Road will cater for 400 vehicles and while 3,500 can be parked on the IP8 site.


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Motorists have been strongly advised not to try to park in the town centre on Wednesday to avoid traffic queues. No car parking will be allowed in Portman Road and all parking near the ground will be closed for security reasons.

Park-and-ride sites will cost £5 for the day's parking, Buses will operate to all four sites after the match – park-and-ride users should board any bus which will then operate to all four sites.

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Supporters' coaches and disabled (blue badge) motorists will be able to park near the ground, with coaches being charged £10.

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