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SBD Global/May 15, 2013/Events and Attractions

Newcastle United Tops Fan Poll As EPL's Best Place In Regards To Transport Options

New research said that ManU "may have bagged the Premier League title, but Old Trafford is relegation fodder when it comes to fans' transport needs," according to Rebecca Smithers of the London GUARDIAN. Newcastle United "is the clear champion when it comes to transport options," according to a study of British football fans' journeys published on Tuesday and carried out by the Campaign for Better Transport and the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF). Season ticket holders at the club can buy a £10 ($15) matchday travel ticket for Tyne and Wear that covers them for every home game of the season at their St. James' Park ground. The report reveals that "while fans often want to leave their cars at home they are prevented from doing so by poor public transport provision." The government "is urged to take the lead by setting up free public transport with match tickets -- along the lines of the popular and well-used KombiTicket in Germany." Old Trafford ranks 18th in the survey of 20 EPL clubs. Bottom of the pile Reading's Madejski stadium: "comfortably the least accessible ground in this year's Premier League -- out of town and virtually unreachable by regular public transport." And languishing at 19th is Queen's Park Rangers' ground, Loftus Road (GUARDIAN, 5/14).
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