FOOTBALL fans travelling to Villa Park for the Second City derby on Sunday (April 23) are facing a transport nightmare because of railway engineering works.
Work is being carried out between Five Ways and Longbridge and between Longbridge and Droitwich Spa, including Bromsgrove.
There will be a replacement bus service operating between Lichfield and Redditch for supporters wanting to use stations from Redditch, including Alvechurch, Barnt Greeen, Longbridge and Northfield.
For Bromsgrove residents to get to the ground in time using rail, they would have to get a replacement bus to Droitwich at 8.45am and then trains to Birmingham New Street (arrives at 9.52am). They would then need to catch a service to either Aston, which arrives at 10.13am, or Witton, arriving at 10.26am.
Departing Bromsgrove at 10.05am or 10.35am would not get travellers into New Street until 11.37am or 11.38am, leaving just over 20 minutes to get to Villa Park.
Fans can visit www.londonmidland.com for more information and to use the journey planner.
The match, which is always a passionate affair, has been made more interesting by Birmingham City’s appointment of Harry Redknapp.
It followed the resignation of Gianfranco Zola last Saturday (April 15) after the 2-0 home defeat by Burton.
Blues are just three points above the relegation zone and with fellow strugglers Blackburn and Nottingham Forest playing on Saturday could find themselves in the bottom three at the time of kick-off.