Travel advice as Rugby World Cup kicks off

England's Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal to clinch the Rugby World Cup in 2003 (pic: Da

England's Jonny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal to clinch the Rugby World Cup in 2003 (pic: David Davies/PA) - Credit: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Commuters could find themselves tackling increased congestion as they head to work over the Rugby World Cup.

Next Wednesday, Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Stadium will host its first game over the six-week tournament, France v Romania.

As well as playing host to five games – to take place on September 23, 24 and October 4, 7 and 30 – fans will also head to Newham’s Fanzone, a hub for celebrating the World Cup.

“London is really getting into the Rugby World Cup spirit now, and the capital will be a fantastic place to be over the tournament,” said Steve Griffiths, LU chief operating officer.

“Clearly, on match days, parts of the transport network will be busier than normal. That’s why we’re advising Londoners to plan ahead so they can get around easily whether or not they are watching the tournament.”

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From today until Saturday, October, 31, around one million spectators are expected at the 17 matches across Wembley Stadium, Olympic Park and Twickenham stadiums.

Spectators are encouraged to use the bespoke Rugby World Cup 2015 journey planner and travel information at and on the Rugby World Cup 2015 app to plan routes to match venues and Fanzones.

Magenta-clad travel ambassadors will also be helping spectators get around the capital and advise the best routes. Londoners are advised to plan journeys ahead, and where possible avoid travelling at the busiest times – before and after matches.

Live travel information is available through the @TfLtrafficnews, @TfLbusalerts and @TfLtravelalerts

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