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Worthington cup overfloweth

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I find it incredible to read Mark Hansford's article on Worthington Cup Final travel arrangements (NCE 1 March).

For the record, the plan drawn up for the final in Cardiff was done so in close collaboration with the South Wales Police and based on intelligence provided to the Council that up to 800 coaches would arrive in the city. In reality just under 500 coaches arrived.

The 12,000-15,000 fans expected to arrive by coach actually arrived in around 5,000-6,000 extra cars, explaining the difficulties experienced on the day.

Debriefs are ongoing with South Wales Police and the train operators to ensure the problems are not repeated for future football matches. It is unanimously agreed by all parties that much more needs to be done by clubs to ensure that travelling fans leave cars at home and travel by rail and coach.

While car parking will be provided at strategically located sites around Cardiff, the linking bus services will not drop them as close to the stadium as the recommended modes of transport. Indeed, the central railway station is immediately alongside the stadium and all coach parking is within a one mile walk.

It is only 16 months since Cardiff hosted the Rugby World Cup at which up to 80% of the crowd travelled by public transport.

Paul Carter, for head of service (traffic and transport), County Hall, Cardiff, CF10 4UW

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