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Important information for Coventry fans travelling on Chiltern services on Saturday 27 May

Chiltern Railways is warning customers travelling on Saturday 27 May to expect much busier journeys than usual due to the Championship Play-Off Final between Coventry City and Luton Town.  

Customers should allow plenty of time for their journey, and make sure that they check ahead before travelling. If services are particularly crowded, some customers may not be able to board their intended train and will have to board the next available service. Some queuing systems may be implemented to manage crowds safely. A queuing system will be in place at Wembley Stadium station after the match for return travel. 

If customers not attending the Play-Off Final do not wish to travel due to the expected levels of crowding, tickets will be eligible for travel on Sunday 28 May or Monday 29 May. Fee-free refunds will also be available.  

An amended timetable is in place, with pre-planned added Saturday capacity from the May 2023 timetable (approximately 2000 extra seats), and two additional services between Birmingham and London for travelling supporters, which will also call at: 

  • Warwick Parkway (10.36), Warwick (10.41), Leamington Spa (10.47), Banbury (11.07) to Marylebone, arriving to Wembley Stadium at 12.03 
  • Warwick Parkway (11.44), Warwick (11.48), Leamington Spa (11.54), Banbury (12.12) to Marylebone, arriving to Wembley Stadium at 13.18 

Owing to the local importance of the event, customers are advised to expect busier journeys, allow extra time for travel and check their full journey ahead of time. 

Customers can find the above additional services, along with other services throughout the day, by visiting the Chiltern Railways website ( or app. 

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About Chiltern

  • Chiltern Railways is part of the Arriva group, one of the leading providers of passenger transport in Europe,  employing around 38,000 people and delivering around 1.5 billion passenger journeys across 10 European countries. Arriva are part of Deutsche Bahn (DB), one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies, responsible for DB's passenger transport services outside Germany.
  • Chiltern operates commuter/regional rail passenger services from its Central London terminus at London Marylebone along the M40 corridor to destinations in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, as well as long-distance services to the West Midlands along two routes. Services on the Chiltern Main Line run from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford, with some peak-hour services to Stourbridge Junction.
  • Chiltern also runs trains on the London to Aylesbury Line to Aylesbury (with some trains terminating at Aylesbury Vale Parkway instead), on the Princes Risborough to Aylesbury and Oxford to Bicester branch lines.