LFW Travel Guides - Portsmouth, Fratton Park
Monday, 8th Nov 2010 12:14 by LFW Travel Guides
QPR hit the road again on Tuesday night with a trip to the south coast to face Portsmouth. Here are the usual travel tips for those making the journey.
Ground Name: Fratton Park
Address: Frogmore Road, Portsmouth, PO4 8RA
Main Telephone No: 02392 731204
Ticket Office: 0844 847 1898
By Car: A relatively simply 78 mile trip down the A3 from Loftus Road for this one. Leave the M25 at Junction 10 onto the A3 signposted London, Guildford and Kingston. Then follow the A3 all the way down until it meets the A27 at Portsmouth. Stay in the right hand lanes for A27 West towards Southampton and Portsmouth and then leave the A27 at the next junction to join the A2030 Eastern Road along the coast towards Southsea and Fratton. The ground should appear in front of you as you drive down this road.
Parking: There is a huge car park at the ground but I have heard it described as “a nightmare afterwards”, “very expensive” and “home fans only” by several people over the weekend so don’t bank on it. It’s street parking apart from that and expect that to be pretty limited. The guide offers this advice: “This is best found on the right hand side of the A2030 before you reach the Good Companion pub. Alternatively Miltoncross School, which is a five minute walk from the ground offers parking at £6 per car. The school is located in Milton Road - post code PO3 6RB.
Train: Despite this being a midweek game there is a train back to London afterwards from the nearby Fratton station. The journey time from Waterloo is about two hours and the off peak discount tickets disappear as you get close to 5pm obviously. Before 5pm you can buy a standard off peak return for £27.80. Try the 1600 from Waterloo to arrive at 1724. Coming back the last direct train leaves Fratton at 2228 and arrives in Waterloo at 0030 although it is possible to be back in London for midnight by getting the 2204, and making a three minute change at Eastleigh, or even getting the 2148, changing at Three Bridges and going into London Bridge. All are permitted by the off peak return ticket which you may as well buy as far as Portsmouth Harbour which is where the better bars are and costs you no extra. The ground is clearly visible from Fratton station and it’s simply a case of exiting onto Goldsmith Avenue (left onto the footbridge as you leave the station) and then after walking for half a mile turn left onto Frogmore Road.
Pubs: The Milton Arms and the Newcome Arms are the ones the guide recommends away fans avoid. There is a Harvester and the Good Companion Pub on the way in down the A2030 which are suitable for home and away supporters. The guide has other recommendations, see the link below, and if you go down to Portsmouth Harbour on the train there is the usual collection of chain bars and restaurants at Gunwharf Quays.
Coach: The official club coach leaves Loftus Road at 3.30pm and tickets are priced £26 Adult, £16 Senior/Young Adult and £14 Junior. The LSA coach leaves the Springbok at 2pm but is now full and sold out.
Tickets: QPR have 700 tickets remaining for this game which will be on sale until noon on Tuesday. Any remaining seats will be for sale on the night, but that is of course subject to availability. These are priced £20 adults, £15 seniors, 17-22, or £10 juniors.
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