Supporters urged to change match-day travel plans24/01/2014
Jersey RFC is appealing to supporters to find alternative ways of getting to this weekend's crucial match against Rotherham.
Recent wet weather has left the club with no option but to suspend all car parking on outlying pitches, meaning that anyone driving to St Peter and seeking to park their car will be obliged to use car parks at the Airport and walk from there.
The club has today (Friday) confirmed a match-day park-and-ride arrangement from Millbrook, with shuttle buses to the ground. Supporters can park in Lay-by 7, on The Avenue between La Motte Ford and the Burger Kiosk, and there will be free buses to the ground, courtesy of Signature Coaches, at 1.15pm, 1.45pm and 2.15pm ahead of the 3pm kick-off. Buses will return to the lay-by after the match at 5pm and 5.30pm.
There are also a number of other options for supporters travelling to St Peter:
- Extra services on the number 9 Liberty Bus service to from Liberation Station to Greve de Lecq via JRFC, plus frequent buses on route 15 to the Airport (disembark at the penultimate 'Mermaid' stop)
- There will be drop-off areas at Jersey Bowl and the Jersey Aero Club for those who are able to get a lift to the ground, or to travel by taxi. Drivers are asked not to stop on the Airport Road
- With a mostly dry weather forecast for Saturday, some supporters living closer to St Peter may feel able to walk or cycle to the match
"We're urging supporters to consider adjusting their normal routines in order to avoid problems in the run-up to kick-off," stated Chairman Bill Dempsey. "We realise many people are in the habit of driving to St Peter and parking on rugby club land, but the ground is simply not able to withstand being driven on at present.
"There are plenty of alternative means of getting to JRFC, including the park-and-ride which we've worked hard to set up with help from Transport & Technical Services, and we believe that by planning ahead and allowing extra time to reach the club, supporters will still be able to enjoy the match."
There will be a small amount of parking available at the club for staff working on match-day; anyone with any queries should contact Club Manager Sean Dunne.
Jersey's new Head Coach Harvey Biljon takes charge of the team for the first time in the clash with Rotherham, currently ranked second in the Greene King IPA Championship. The gates at St Peter open at 12noon with kick-off at 3pm