Ipswich Town fans face rail chaos when travelling to Fulham game due to engineering works and bus replacements

It is understood around 4,000 Blues fans are set to make the trip to Craven Cottage for the match 

It is understood around 4,000 Blues fans are set to make the trip to Craven Cottage for the match the largest away support for 10 years.

Ipswich Town fans travelling by train to the away game at Fulham on Saturday face travel disruption due to engineering works and bus replacements.

It is understood around 4,000 Blues fans are set to make the trip to Craven Cottage for the match – the largest away support for 10 years.

But fans travelling by train have been warned to expect longer journeys with the main line closed between Manningtree and Shenfield on Saturday and Sunday.

It is the third weekend of eight consecutive weekends in which Network Rail engineers are carrying out planned maintenance work.

An Abellio Greater Anglia spokesman: “Although there is never a good time for such engineering works, this investment by Network Rail – over eight weekends – will help in our joint objective to deliver more consistent train service performance on our mainline.

“Full information concerning the alternative timetable has been advertised on the National Rail and Abellio Greater Anglia websites 12 weeks in advance of the works taking place. Information is also available at stations.

“For passengers travelling from Ipswich, we are running direct bus replacement services between Ipswich and Billericay for transfer to trains to and from London Liverpool Street.

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“Our plans include the availability of additional stand-by buses to supplement services should these be needed. We will be doing all we can to minimise inconvenience to passengers during the course of these works.”

Liz Edwards, chairman of the Ipswich Town Supporters Club, said: “To have 4,000 fans defying travel disruptions, including a group sailing down the Thames, is fantastic.

“What a great chance for us all to get behind the team and keep the dream very much alive.”