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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Travel to Stevenage

The following is an updated version of an article that appeared on March 31st just before the last visit of Hereford United to Stevenage Borough.

Another long away trip for Hereford United fans this coming Bank Holiday Monday with the visit of the Bulls to Stevenage, which has one of the best grounds in the Conference.

Away fans are usually allocated the South Stand, with a seated capacity of 1400, behind the one goal. There is a very good view from this position compared with many other away ends.

To reach the Broadway Stadium, here are some edited details from Boroguide:

By Car:

Road - From the North, A1(M)

Coming from the North you'll need to make your way onto the A1(M). If you're coming from the M1 and aren't local, you're best advised to head East along the A14 at M1 J19 (M6 junction) for approximately 44 miles, then head south down the A1. Go for a further 34 miles to Stevenage South (Junction 7), take the first exit, and follow the signposts.

Road - From the South-West, A1(M) (probably the route most fans will travel from
Herefordshire)

Coming from the South-West you'll assumedly be coming around the M25 clockwise. If you're confident then you can cut past St. Albans at Junction 21a saving about 15 minutes on the A405/A414, joining the A1(M) at J3. Else, head on to Junction 23 of the M25 and join the A1(M) northbound at its source. Head up to Stevenage (Junction 7), take the third exit and follow the signposts.

Different Routes from Hereford:

Because it is Bank Holiday there may be delays on the roads. Some supporters prefer the Gloucester/A40/Oxford/M40/M25 route. Others will use the Worcester/M5/M42/M6/A14/A1/A1M route or a variation of this route.

It may be prudent to allow at least three and half hours from Hereford.

Car Parking:

Parking for Broadhall Way is fairly straightforward:
- Fairlands Valley Park car park (across the dual-carriageway from the entrance to the ground)
- Roaring Meg car park

When visiting Boro', there is generally a designated car park for fans to park in. This is the Fairlands Valley Car Park, and is easily reached. Exit the A1(M) (if from the west) at junction 7, and continue along the A602. At the second roundabout (Knebworth B197), carry on forward and shortly on your left will be the signposted car park.

However because of the large crowd expected for the game extra parking is available at the Roaring Meg Car Park. At the roundabout on which Broadhall Way sits, follow the signs for the Town Centre. Almost immediately on your left is a turning for the retail park which contains Burger King and Pizza Hut. Do NOT park in the car park by Focus Do It All, as they have warned that clamping is in operation.

By Train: (Please check details as services may be a curtailed on Bank Holiday Monday)

STEVENAGE sits on the East Coast Main Line, that is served by GNER on a national scale, and WAGN (or whatever the hell its now called) on a regional scale. WAGN trains run between KINGS CROSS and PETERBOROUGH/CAMBRIDGE, with tube connections at FINSBURY PARK (Victoria line to VICTORIA).

GNER trains run between KINGS CROSS and NEWCASTLE/DONCASTER/EDINBURGH. Stevenage Station is adjacent to the Town Centre, and 1 mile from the ground. It's walkable on a nice day in 15-20 minutes, although a taxi rank is provided or you can risk the buses (route 5 from bus stop E passes the ground) found by passing along the walkway through the Gordon Craig Leisure Centre.

By Coach:

HUISA are arranging coach travel as usual for Hereford fans. Please contact the club for more details on 01432 276666