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A question of sports travel

Filed: Thursday, 1st November 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

The London Assembly have published their findings into travel arrangements to sporting events in the capital.

KUMB members were asked to provide their insights into travel to The Boleyn Ground on match days for the report - A Question of Sports Travel - which was published last week.

The report says around 250,000 sports fans travel into, out of and across London every autumn weekend – causing major congestion and delays on public transport, bringing roads around major stadiums to a standstill and inconveniencing local residents.

It also raises the question about who should be responsible for fans’ journeys. At the moment responsibility for transporting and managing the crowds to, from and at London’s sports stadiums on matchdays - and meeting the associated costs – involves a large number of public bodies and private organisations - whilst clubs generally see their responsibility for fans as ending at the stadium gates.

Murad Qureshi, who was behind the report, said:

"The complacency of some football clubs about the welfare of their fans and their reluctance to contribute to improving the situation is becoming increasingly untenable in the face of public pressure.

"It is especially hard to justify when long-suffering fans hear, for example, that Chelsea’s annual wage bill is £114 million."

You can download the full report (415k) here.

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