St Andrew's, Birmingham - Travel Guide
Monday, 12th Oct 2015 22:55 by Clive Whittingham
Later than usual, apologies, but all the travel tips for the weekend trip to Birmingham City are here…
Ground Name: St Andrews
Capacity: 30 016 (all seated)
Address: St Andrews Ground, Birmingham, B9 4NH
Main Telephone No: 0844 557 1875
Ticket Office: 0844 557 1875
Two or three ways to do this from West London actually. Up on the M40 and M42 to junction six and then into the ground on the A34 is one. M1, M6, M42, off at the airport exit and then down to the ground on the A45 is another. Or M1, M6 to junction six (same as for Aston Villa) onto the Aston Expressway and then second exit onto the inner ring road signposted for Coventry and Stratford from where the ground is well sign posted. Turn left towards Small Heath at the McDonalds heading towards Small Heath and the ground is there. I’d take the second option personally, just over 110 miles from Loftus Road.
As ever with Birmingham, street parking is your best bet and be prepared for some local chav to demand five pounds from you for that privilege. There is an away fans car park next to the away end although whether or not it opens on matchdays seems to be determined on a whim and with no real logic to it at all – it was shut for our last visit. We parked round the corner in the retail park the last time we drove here although admittedly that was Boxing Day and the barriers that seemed to be there to prevent people doing that were not in operation. Signs are up saying customers only so I wouldn’t chance that this time.
Now, ordinarily, you can save a pretty penny on this trip by catching the Chiltern Trains service from Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, rather than the faster Virgin trains from Euston, with tickets available for as little as a fiver. That’s still just about the case at this late stage – 08.00 arrives 10.01 for £9, 09.08 arrives 10.56 for £12, 11.36 arrives 13.33 for £15.
Coming back all the cheapies have gone on Chiltern although there are some advance fares kicking around from New Street to Euston – 17.30 arrives 18.56 for £20, 17.33 arrives 19.45 for £18, 17.54 arrives 20.18 for £14, 18.14 arrives 20.46 also £14
Birmingham is normally a pretty difficult place to get a drink around the ground at as an away fan although The Cricketers and The Brighton are both named by the guide as possible destinations. Those walking up to the ground from the city centre direction may come across The Anchor which is the Birmingham CAMRA pub of the year. Those arriving by train are best advised to drink in town and head out to the ground by train, bus or taxi late on.
The official coach leaves Loftus Road at 11.00 and the Target Roundabout at 11.30 and is now sold out.
QPR have an initial allocation of 1,560 of which 520 remain. They are priced £20 for adults, £15 for seniors and students, £10 for 13 to 18 year olds and £5 for under 13s. There are 16 wheelchair spaces and ambulant disabled seats priced as above.
Here’s a weird one… the club advises that all under 15’s must be accompanied by a full paying adult or they will be refused entry at the turnstile.
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