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St Helens and rugby league fans warned of Grand Final problems on rail services

St Helens and rugby league fans have been given warnings from both Northern Rail and TransPennine Express ahead of their Grand Final clash against the Catalans Dragons on Saturday evening.

Both rail services have revealed that services to and from Manchester will be busier than normal, with tens of thousands of people estimated to use the rail to and from the game, the Liverpool Echo has revealed.

The fixture is expected to finish around 8pm, though only a limited number of trains will be running from Manchester back to St Helens.

Chris Jackson, Regional Director at Northern, said: “The Grand Final is a fantastic occasion and, after a season sponsoring Super League, it’s great to be able to help so many fans get to and from the showpiece match.

“We will have plenty of trains operating through the day to get fans to Manchester, but there will be a limited number after the game with only four Northern trains operating from Manchester Oxford Road and three from Manchester Victoria.

“We want to make sure everyone travelling has a great day and will be putting on additional carriages where possible, but our customers need to be aware that all services after the match are likely to be extremely busy and it may be worth considering alternative routes.”

Kathryn O’Brien, Customer Experience Director at TransPennine Express, added: “The Rugby League Grand Final is one of the biggest occasions we see every year in the north of England.

“To try to support those wishing to travel into Manchester, we have strengthened services where we can, but we’d advise customers to leave plenty of time to get to their destination and to also check before they travel.”

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