Visitors to Derby urged to avoid Epsom station on Saturday

Southern are warning Derby fans

Southern are warning Derby fans

First published in Investec Derby Festival Epsom Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

People going to the Derby are being urged to avoid using Epsom station on Saturday as it is undergoing a major redevelopment.

Train operator Southern said travel to Epsom Downs Racecourse from Epsom station will be "extremely difficult" by bus and taxi.

A Southern spokesman said: "Road closures, restricted footpath access and the relocation of bus and taxi pick-up points means that anyone going to the races via Epsom station will find very long waiting times.

"Southern is advising passengers to use either Tattenham Corner or Epsom Downs stations, where onward travel to the racecourse is easier, more convenient and more comprehensive."

A bus service will be running from Tattenham Corner and Epsom Downs stations to the racecourse, but both stations are expected to be more crowded than usual.

Mark Epsom, Southern’s Sutton area manager, said: "We want everyone to have a great day out and have a trouble free journey to and from the racecourse.

"It’s unfortunate that the building works at Epsom station mean that access is severely restricted, but Tattenham Corner and Epsom Downs stations will be more than able to cope with the additional number of passengers expected as a result."

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9:31pm Tue 29 May 12

Jmb Taxis says...

This is just one huge **** up all round.And for this to happen on the Queens Jubilee is unforgivable
This is just one huge **** up all round.And for this to happen on the Queens Jubilee is unforgivable Jmb Taxis
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10:28pm Tue 29 May 12

jgir318675 says...

there are no taxi ranks at either of the two stations just a bus service, how is this easier, more convenient or more comprehensive, its all a big joke to these people, they have had enough time to sort this out.
there are no taxi ranks at either of the two stations just a bus service, how is this easier, more convenient or more comprehensive, its all a big joke to these people, they have had enough time to sort this out. jgir318675
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10:38pm Tue 29 May 12

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Agree with both of the above, why have Southern waited until now, less than a week ahead of the big days, to warn racegoers. This should have gone out weeks ago, to all stations and been posted at all race meetings in the country as a warning. This is going to be a b*lls up of massive proportions, & Epsom will get the blame. Well done Southern, & Govia.Network Rail should also take some blame for this too as they are profiteering from the development.
Agree with both of the above, why have Southern waited until now, less than a week ahead of the big days, to warn racegoers. This should have gone out weeks ago, to all stations and been posted at all race meetings in the country as a warning. This is going to be a b*lls up of massive proportions, & Epsom will get the blame. Well done Southern, & Govia.Network Rail should also take some blame for this too as they are profiteering from the development. Hove Ex-Pat
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8:10pm Wed 30 May 12

Jmb Taxis says...

Why is the Licenced Taxi Rank placed out of sight in Downs Road and where is the Disabled drop of point.Are Disabled passengers expected to cover 400 yards without pavements to access the stands!!!
Why is the Licenced Taxi Rank placed out of sight in Downs Road and where is the Disabled drop of point.Are Disabled passengers expected to cover 400 yards without pavements to access the stands!!! Jmb Taxis
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9:45am Thu 31 May 12

Minuteman says...

Is there any easy, convenient way to get to the racecourse - besides avoiding public transport altogether and just booking a taxi? Getting to either Tattenham Corner or Epsom Downs isn't too much of a problem, but it's not particularly well signposted from there. :/
Is there any easy, convenient way to get to the racecourse - besides avoiding public transport altogether and just booking a taxi? Getting to either Tattenham Corner or Epsom Downs isn't too much of a problem, but it's not particularly well signposted from there. :/ Minuteman
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