On Saturday 15th May 2021, Leicester City won the FA Cup final, beating Chelsea in front of the UK’s biggest football crowd since the coronavirus pandemic began. 21,000 fans flocked to the match, over 6,000 supporting the Foxes on their 5th trip to an FA Cup Final.
Youri Tielemans struck a sensational winner to clinch Leicester City their first FA Cup in a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, in front of 21,000 fans at Wembley – with Ben Chilwell’s 89th-minute effort ruled out by VAR for offside.
Woods Coaches, part of National Express Transport Solutions, were tasked with transporting Leicester City FC fans to Wembley Stadium for one of the biggest matches in the club’s history. Leicester City FC fans were transported to Wembley via 150+ coaches, making it the largest operation for Woods Coaches and National Express Transport Solutions since lockdown.
As long-term partners to Leicester City FC, Woods Coaches transport LCFC fans each week to and from fixtures but coaches from across the National Express Transport Solutions group were sent in to assist for the FA Cup Final. The operation included vehicles from Solent Coaches, Lucketts Travel, The Kings Ferry, Mortons Travel, Worthing Coaches, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Coliseum Coaches.
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It was an honour for us to play our part in this historic event as it was part of the UK Government’s Events Research Programme (ERP). All coaches involved were prepared to be COVID-secure ahead of travel which included:
- Reduced capacity.
- Onboard social distancing – households/bubbles will be allowed to sit next to each other and seats opposite will be empty.
- Enhanced cleaning including aerosol based disinfection, sometimes known as fogging.
- An additional filter on the air conditioning systems to reduce bacteria and corona type viruses; and improve air quality.
- The requirement for passengers to wear face coverings in line with Government guidelines.
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