Sunderland at Wembley: Grand Central reveal travel arrangements - with no special play-off final train service
Sunderland supporters travelling to Wembley this weekend won't be able to benefit from a chartered service for their play-off final with Charlton Athletic.
Grand Central have confirmed that they will no be running any additional services for supporters heading to London for the highly-anticipated clash - having provided a chartered service for March's Checkatrade Trophy Final.
Supporters travelling to the clash with Portsmouth two months ago were able to benefit from a non-stop service in addition to the train provider's existing offering - with a train departing on Saturday and returning on Monday.
But there will be no such service this time around with Grand Central confirming that all trains are already in use on the Bank Holiday weekend.
And they have warned supporters without a seat reservation to seek alternative arrangements with services set to be exceptionally busy.
Indeed, the company has confirmed that they are now at capacity for the weekend - while advising customers travelling from Sunderland on Saturday, May 25 as to the arrangements upon their departure.
In a statement, Grand Central said: "Due to extremely high levels of demand, all Grand Central services across the weekend will be at full capacity.
"Therefore if you do not already have a ticket, seek alternative travel arrangements.
"If you have a ticket but not a seat reservation, a queueing system will be in place at Sunderland (Saturday 25th May) and London Kings Cross (Monday 27th May) to control access to the platforms – please arrive in plenty of time and be prepared to potentially queue for a long period of time.
"Grand Central staff will be available on the day to assist you and answer any queries.
"We are using all trains available to us over the Bank Holiday weekend, so additional services will not be available."
For passengers intending to travel from Sunderland on Saturday, Grand Central have issued the following advice: "Passengers with seat reservations should use the South Concourse (Ticket Office entrance).
"Passengers without seat reservations will be directed to join the queueing system. Please note that we cannot guarantee that you will depart on your preferred service.
"Passengers who still need to collect tickets from the ticket office or ticket machines at Sunderland, please ensure you collect them before Saturday 25 May to avoid delays."