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Transport & Mobility Plan for UEFA Champions League Final, Wembley Stadium

Football Association

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Transport plan stadium, Mobility plan stadium

With a capacity of 90,000 seats and the match being the second most watched football game in the world, it was important to ensure a robust transport plan was in place.

Our Role

Steer Davies Gleave was appointed by the Football Association (FA)  to prepare the Transport & Mobility Plan for presentation to UEFA. We worked closely with the FA, Security, Ticketing, Venue Facilities as well as Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police, local authorities and rail and airport operators to develop a co-ordinated approach.

The objectives of the Transport & Mobility Plan were  to provide players, officials, VIPs, media and spectators with efficient movement to and from key locations in London using various modes of transport. We developed a strategy for each of the following elements which were included in the overall Transport & Mobility Plan:

  • Airports
  • Coaches
  • Parking 
  • Traffic Management (road closures and diversions)
  • Public Transport
  • Accessibility
  • Transport Information for spectators
  • Women’s Champions League Final (Craven Cottage); and
  • Risk Management

How we did it

We analysed a number of scenarios to identify the worst case for the transport demand, for example the possibility of extra time and penalties meant supporters may not be leaving the stadium until 11pm. Another major challenge was not knowing which teams had made it to the final until 3 weeks before the event.

Steer Davies Gleave carried out work including:

  • Considered the travel behaviour of each of the different groups (e.g. players, supporters, VIPs) travelling to Wembley, and provided forecasts for the impacts of these groups on each transport mode. 
  • Maximised the coach service provided to official travel clubs to ensure supporters were provided with a reliable trip to the airports after the game no matter what time the match finished. 
  • Provided 220 coach parking spaces for each team’s travel club near the stadium, as well as an additional 850 parking spaces for unofficial coaches.

With one week to go until the final, the second volcanic ash cloud from Iceland started to affect flights in Scotland so we developed a contingency plan to enable 25,000 Barcelona supporters to travel all the way by coach. Luckily the ash cloud dispersed and we reverted to our original Transport & Mobility Plan.

On the day of the Final we oversaw the operation of the Transport & Mobility Plan from the Stadium Control Room and were in frequent discussion with the Police, the airports, the highway authorities and the rail operators.

Following on from the success of the 2011 Champions League Final, the FA will again host the 2013 Final at Wembley Stadium.

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