A Guide to Manchester’s Olympic Events and Travelling to London

Good luck to Micah and the boys when they take on Senegal tonight

It was good to see the UK Women win last night. Hopefully the Men can do the same tonight at Old Trafford.

There are 9 games being held at Old Trafford from both the woman’s and men’s competitions. Games that will be taking place are:

• Today – UAE v Uruguay – 5pm (Men)
• Today – Team GB v Senegal – 7.45pm (Men)
• 29 July – Brazil v Belarus – 12pm (Men)
• 29 July – Egypt v New Zealand – 2.45pm (Men)
• 31 July – USA v Korea DPR – 5.45pm (Women)
• 1 August – Spain v Morocco – 5pm (Men)
• 4 August – Men’s quarter finals – 12pm (Men)
• 6 August – Women’s semi-finals (Women)
• 7 August – Men’s semi-finals (Men)

For those of you who have been lucky enough to get tickets to any of the above games be sure to know what the travel instructions are in Manchester and around Old Trafford – this information can be found here

Here are a few main points to take notice of.

1. Train – There are direct trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester United Football Ground station, located next to the stadium. The journey takes 12 minutes. Plan your journey at National Rail.
2. Bus – Routes 250, 255, 256 and 263 all stop very near to the stadium. Plan your bus journey at Traveline.
3. Metro – The Old Trafford stop on the Altrincham branch is with 0.5 miles of the stadium. Plan your journey at Metrolink.

London Travel

If you’re going to a London 2012 sports event or ceremony, it’s important to plan and book your journey well in advance too. Security is expected to be tight whilst venues are encouraging those who have tickets to events to get to the venues around 2 hours early to allow time to go through airport-style security screening. To find out how to get to each venue click on the following link and click on the image on the left of the event that you are going to see.
london2012.com/spectators/venues/

When on the specific venues site the travel and visitor information for each site will be found on the right upper side of the site.

We’d also like to encourage anyone who is travelling to book their travel soon, with tickets from Manchester to London available on National Rail:

http://www.nationalrailgamestravel.co.uk/

Anyway – I hope you all have an incredible Olympics and if you’re going to the games be sure to plan your journey well in advance. If you’re driving, be sure to take into account the extra traffic expected in London and also the various Olympic routes and parking regulations as heavy fines will be imposed by councils if parked illegally and an increase in traffic could lead to journeys taking longer than expected.

To be sure to plan your trip whilst in London most effectively take a look at Transport for London’s site and their journey planner

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