17:04 03 September 2013
A rough guide to Cambridge United's home...
Cambridge United Football Club
The R Costings Abbey Stadium
HOW TO FIND US:
By Coach & Car:
From the South - M11 to Junction 14, then turn east along the A14 dual carriageway:
From the North - A14 from Huntingdon, then turn east along the A14 dual carriage way:
Then exit the A14 at the fourth junction (situated east of Cambridge), up the slip road to the roundabout (signposted Stow-Cum-Quy). Turn right onto the A1303, and return westwards towards Cambridge. Go straight over the first roundabout, passing Marshall Airport to the left. Go straight over two sets of traffic lights to a roundabout. The Ground's floodlights can be seen from here and McDonald's is on the right.
Turn left onto the ring road. Turn right at the first roundabout (a large Sainsbury's is on the left here), and go along Coldham's Lane. After half a mile, immediately after the traffic lights (at the Greyhound Public House) turn right into Coldham's Road before the railway bridge.
Parking is available on the left-hand side of the road for coachesonly.
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Coaches: Coach operators are asked to assist by observing the following:
Coaches must adhere to the route, and not drive past the front of the ground unless arrangements have been made at least 24 hours prior to a fixture with Cambridgeshire Police and Cambridge United FC to enable any disabled, elderly, and supporters with mobility problems to be dropped off at the main entrance
Coaches should arrive at the parking area by the route directed no earlier than two hours and not later than 3/4 hour before the kick-off.
Coach drivers will be required to turn off the vehicle's engine when the coach is stationary in order to limit noise disturbance and fumes.
Coaches should not stop within 10 miles of Cambridge, nor at any premises where intoxicatings liquor is sold.
Departure should normally be within 30 minutes of the final whistle.
Parking: Parking for cars is limited to side street parking only. For disabled parking, contact the Club on 01223 566500 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
By Bus: A Citibus C3 bus stops within a few yards of the ground (Ditton Walk stop) and runs from the Railway Station and through the city centre every ten minutes during the day, and at longer intervals in the evenings. Check the Stagecoach website for more details and a Citi 3 timetable.
By Train: There are regular services to and from Cambridge Railway Station, where taxis are available or the Citibus C3 service runs from the station every ten minutes during the day and at longer intervals in the evenings. Check the Stagecoach website for more details and a Citi 3 timetable.
To walk from the railway station to the ground could take 25-30 minutes. Walk away from the station along Station Road and take the first right, (Tenison Road). Take the first right again, (Devonshire Road), follow this round to the left, up to the next junction. Turn right - again - onto Mill Road. Walk over the railway bridge, then take the third left, (Sedgewick Street). Follow this road, pass a set of traffic calming barriers, and shops (at this point you are in Cromwell Road) to a T-junction, (Coldham's Lane). Ahead of you should be a large field (Coldham's Common). Go into this field and follow a path under the railway bridge to the away turnstiles.
Food and Drink: A selection of food and drinks is available at the tea bars inside the ground, including our award-winning bacon rolls. Next to the ground, the Supporters Club (owned and operated separately from the Football Club) is usually open to all supporters and serves a variety of hot and cold food and reasonably priced drinks. Entry to non-members is £1.
'Mr Chippy' on Newmarket Road is a few minutes walk in the direction of the city centre (turning left from the front of the ground). Ten minutes walk in the other direction is a McDonalds.
AT THE GROUND:
The official Traffic Management Plan provides important information for coach operators with directions and a map for coaches to the coach parking area and directions and a map for supporters on foot from the coach park to the ground. It also provides arrangements for access for traffic and pedestrians to the stadium on match days.
ALL supporters should be aware of the pedestrian section of the Cambridge United Traffic Management Plan:
Pedestrians will be permitted to access the Stadium site via any of the access points subject to their being open and stewarded. Pedestrians must have the appropriate tickets for the area of the stadium entered.
Cambridge United Football Club has management boards displayed at all exits advising spectators to use the pedestrian crossing on Newmarket Road and Coldhams Lane when leaving the Stadium. Signage is also displayed on the North Terrace exit roadway directing supporters to the pedestrian crossings.
For most games, away fans will be accommodated in the all-seater South Stand, which was built on the site of the old South Terrace during the 2001-2002 season. To get there from the Greyhound pub, simply follow the path across Coldham's Common and use the 'South Stand' turnstiles.
Alternatively, if you are approaching the ground from the front along Newmarket Road, take the footpath just to the town side of the ground, along the back of the Habbin Stand to the 'South Stand' turnstiles.
For selected games (see the Tickets News page for details about specific forthcoming matches), away fans may be accommodated in the southern end of the Habbin Terrace.
The Habbin South is adjacent to the South Stand and the directions are the same as those above, but use the 'Habbin South' turnstiles instead.
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT PLAN
This Traffic Management Plan (TMP) has been prepared for Cambridge United Football Club in order to describe the arrangements required to manage traffic/pedestrian attracted to the R Costings Abbey Stadium on match days which will provide an 8127 spectator capacity.
ACCESS INTO AND WITHIN THE STADIUM
Cambridge United Football Club will employ stewards on match days to direct traffic within the Stadium complex, ensure that only designated pass holders park on-site and that vehicles are parked in their allocated locations.
The designated users are likely to predominantly comprise employees and hospitality guests who arrive some time before and depart some time after the majority of spectators. However, since all of the specified users will be known in advance, the Club will require that all spaces are occupied within a specified time before the match kicks-off and that no vehicle departs within a set time after the match ends, in order to limit potential conflict with spectators on foot.
From South – M11 to Junction 14, then turn east along the A14 dual carriageway:
From North – A14 from Huntingdon, then turn east along the A14 dual carriageway:
Then exit the A14 at the fourth junction (situated east of Cambridge), up the slip road to the roundabout (signposted Stow-Cum-Quy). Turn right onto the A1303, and return westwards towards Cambridge. Go straight over the first roundabout, passing Marshall Airport to the left. Go straight over 2 sets of traffic lights to a roundabout. (The Ground’s floodlights can be seen from here and Macdonald’s is on the right).
Turn left onto Barnwell Road travel 1 mile. Turn right at the first roundabout (Sainsbury’s is on the left), continue along Coldhams Lane. After half a mile, immediately after the traffic lights (opposite Cromwell Road) turn right into Coldhams Road before the railway bridge. Limited parking is available on the side of the road for coaches to drop off and collect visiting supporters DO NOT OBSTRUCT COMMERCIAL OUTLETS
This drop off area has been in place since the 2003/04 season.
Parking for cars is limited therefore we request you make use of the Newmarket Road park & ride and other forms of public transport. For disabled parking contact the club on 01223 566500 Parking restrictions, such as double yellow lines, are not extensive in the area, so please give consideration to local residents and not to cause obstructions. Common sense must prevail.
Unless otherwise stated, all vehicles using stadium car parks 1 and 2 will be required to enter and exit the Stadium at the north eastern access point at Cut-Throat-Lane via Newmarket Road. The vehicular traffic will also be expected to follow instruction of stewards and club staff . Entry to car park 3 is directly off Newmarket Road. Note all on site car park areas are strictly ticket only areas, NOT PAY ON THE DAY. Eight of the spaces will be designated for use by specified disabled drivers only.
There are regular services to and from Cambridge Railway Station, where taxis are available or the Citibus C3 service runs from the station every ten minutes during the day and at longer intervals in the evenings. Check Stagecoach website for more details and a Citi 3 timetable. It is a 2.5 mile walk from the Railway Station to the football stadium.
A Citibus C3 bus stops within a few yards of the stadium (Ditton Walk stop) and runs from the Railway Station and through the city centre every ten minutes during the day and at longer intervals in the evenings. Check the Stagecoach website for more details and a Citi 3 timetable.
Coach Operators are asked to assist by observing the following:
OUTSIDE THE STADIUM
As part of the Cambridge United Traffic Forum dating back to December 2001 the introduction of double yellow lines was introduced to Whitehill Road, Elfleda Road and Stanesfield Road. This will be of the benefit to local residents and local road safety as it will alleviate parking demand and prevent illegal parking within the area covered, which will improve access for spectators on foot, general traffic in the area and the emergency services. This area is enforced by parking attendants for two hours before, two hours during and one hour after a match.
For further information call Cambridge United Football Club on (01223) 566500 or Cambridgeshire Police F.I.O PC Mark wood Tel 101
Match programme: 64 full-colour pages, £3.00
Local newspaper: Cambridge News
Local radio: BBC Radio Cambridgeshire 96 and 95.7 FM and 1026 MW, Heart on 103 FM and Star 107 on 107 FM.
If there is something you think should be added to this page after visiting the ground, please let us know at email@example.com or if you need to speak to the Club direct call 01223 566500.