Plan your derby day journeys in advance
Monday, March 20, 2017
Supporters heading to Franklin's Gardens for Saturday's Aviva Premiership derby against Leicester are strongly urged to plan their journeys in advance.
The Saints' game - which is being televised live on BT Sport, who have the final say on fixture kick off dates and times in the Aviva Premiership - is a direct clash with Northampton Town's League One encounter with Oxford United. Furthermore, there are traffic restrictions on Weedon Road due to the ongoing significant roadworks, and not all of the Sixfields car parks are open.
The Saints' management believes in having positive relationships with all of the relevant authorities, as well as our neighbours here in St James, but the club needs its supporters' help, too.
Franklin's Gardens will open at 12noon for early arrivals, and with live music in the Rodber Suite after the game there is no need to rush off at the final whistle.
Here are your options to get to Franklin's Gardens:
The club's official car parks on Edgar Mobbs Way will open ahead of the 12noon Match Day Village opening, and as with all other home games the Saints' post-match traffic management will be in operation. Alternative car parks are available in Northampton town centre, with those operated by the Borough Council not charging at weekends - CLICK HERE for more information. Northampton town centre is an approximate 20-minute walk from Franklin's Gardens, and there are several bus services which operate along Weedon Road (see below).
A number of bus services operate along Weedon Road, with stops outside Franklin's Gardens.
Number 5 runs between Northampton town centre and New Duston.
Numbers 9 and 9A run between Northampton town centre and Duston.
Numbers 15 and 15A run between Northampton town centre and St Crispins.
Numbers D1, D2 and D3 run between Northampton town centre and Weedon and Daventry
Number 50 runs between Northampton town centre and Swan Valley, with a stop on Edgar Mobbs Way by the Saints; official car parks.
Number 3 runs between Northampton town centre and Harlestone Manor, with a stop at the junction between Harlestone Road and Weedon Road, approx 200 metres from Franklin's Gardens.
Number 96 runs between Northampton centre and Long Buckby, East Haddon and Rugby, with a stop at the junction between Harlestone Road and Weedon Road, approx 200 metres from Franklin's Gardens.
All of the above also stop outside Northampton train station.
Further services operate between Northampton town centre and Wellingborough, Kettering, Milton Keynes and other regional centres. Change at Northampton bus station for connecting services to Franklin's Gardens.
For more information and the full map of the local bus network head to www.stagecoachbus.com/northants-map.aspx
Saints Season Ticket Holders can make the most of half-price match day travel on London Midland trains. Simply show your Season Card at any manned station ticket office between Leighton Buzzard and Rugby on the day of the game. This offer is also available if you want to book early at Wolverton and Long Buckby station ticket offices, neither of which is open on Saturdays. Head to www.londonmidland.com for train timetable information.
Franklin's Gardens has a secure shelter for bicycles in Car Park A (Abbey Street) which is fully monitored during matches.