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Newcastle United Top New Travel League Table

8 years ago

Newcastle United might have failed on the pitch this season but a new study puts the club way out in front of the competition off it.

The study (Door to Turnstile) was carried out jointly by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) and the Campaign For Better Transport.

Researchers surveyed fans as to travel info and travel planning provided by clubs and how easy it was for supporters to get to their football ground.

While Newcastle finished top of the pile, at the other end of the spectrum were Reading whose stadium was described as, ‘comfortably the least accessible ground in the Premier League, out of town and virtually unreachable by public transport’.

Next to bottom are Queens park Rangers; ‘despite London’s extensive public transport, QPR have no coherent travel plan and offer poor info on how to get to Loftus Road’. Old Trafford was also in a relegation spot finishing 18th in the study.

In contrast, as we all know St.James’ Park benefits massively from its unique and iconic position in the heart of the city, something often taken for granted.

The other huge positive for Newcastle United has been the excellent initiative operated by Network Ticketing. Their ground breaking ‘Magpie Mover’ scheme has proved a great help over many years in getting fifty two thousand people to a city centre location.

With the price of everything in this country continuing to escalate, The Magpie Mover scheme gives unbelievable value in allowing fans to travel to and from NUFC home matches all season for only £10.

To purchase a ‘Magpie Mover’ or for more information click HERE

The Magpie Mover initiative has been assisted in more recent years by ‘Altoonative Travel’ which has been a big success in helping to convince fans to leave their cars at home and find ‘Altoonative’ ways of getting to the match.

You can get further information on Altoonative Travel HERE.

Coincidentally, this Sunday’s visitors finished second behind Newcastle in the ‘Door To Turnstile’ study, so our last match of the season is a table topping clash…

Malcolm Clark, chair of the Football Supporters’ Federation said;

“Making matchday travel more convenient, pleasant and affordable would benefit everyone involved in football and we hope to see these ideas employed more widely in the future.”

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