Following feedback from supporters regarding the cost of official coach travel to Wembley Stadium for Saturday’s National League Promotion Final, it is important to note that no blame can be attached to the coach operator.
The cost of providing coach travel at short notice is determined by the market as the coach operator has to source coaches from other travel companies to add to their fleet in order to meet the unprecedented demand.
A number of members of staff will be on site at the Technique Stadium on Saturday morning to ensure a safe and efficient service. The cost also includes the provision of back-up coaches which are required in case of emergency.
At the time of writing, 22 coaches have been filled. Had, say, only 14 coaches been made available, the coach operator would have been able to fulfil the requirements without the need to outsource from various locations around the country, which would have resulted in lower costs.
With a train strike also taking place on the day, the club took the decision to ensure that more fans would be able to travel via coach.
This unfortunately has led to higher costs than anticipated, which were unfortunately beyond the control of the club or the coach operator.