Fans travelling to FA Cup semi-finals face travel disruption after M1 motorway closure

Highways Agency advise fans travelling south for Wembley showpiece to make alternative arrangements after the closure of major route

The Highways Agency has announced the closure of parts of the M1 motorway, causing travel disruption for many fans travelling to Wembley Stadium ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup semi-finals.

Following a fire near Scratchwood Services, North London, the M1 will remain closed between J1 and J4 over the weekend,  meaning many of the fans flooding to Wembley for the FA Cup ties will now need to make alternative travel arrangements.

On Saturday Wembley will play host to the Manchester derby as Manchester United and Manchester City fans make the journey down south for the first of the two semi-finals, while Stoke City face Bolton Wanderers for the Sunday fixture.

More than 200,000 football fans are expected to travel to Wembley this weekend and the Highways Agency have advised these fans to use alternative routes or to take different modes of transport when possible.

Travel guides are available on the FA website which advise travelling fans on different ways to get to Wembley Stadium.

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