Virgin Trains has worked hard with East Midlands Trains, owned by Virgin Trains shareholder Stagecoach, and Network Rail to provide an additional return train service for Liverpool fans between Liverpool and London, using an alternative route which avoids engineering work on the direct West Coast route to London.
The extra train, which will have 470 standard class seats, will run southbound on Saturday 5 May at 09:25 and will run into St Pancras station in London. The return train will leave St Pancras station at 10:45 on Sunday 6 May. Journey time will be just over four hours. Fares will be £25 each way and can be booked at any staffed railway station. These special fares cannot be booked through online systems. A reservation is compulsory for travel on this train and anyone without a valid travel ticket and reservation specifically for these trains will not be allowed onboard.
Football fans without reservations for the train to London St Pancras are reminded that, due to major engineering works on the direct route from Liverpool to London Euston on Saturday 5 May, they will need to travel via Manchester or Chester, or use Stoke-on-Trent station. However the decision by the Football Association for a 17:15 kick-off means there are no options for fans to return north the same day after the game.
With the West Coast route out of London closed on Sunday 6 May, the earliest direct trains that fans could use to return to Liverpool would be on Monday 7 May.