Roads in Norwich could shut at short notice tomorrow as thousands of football fans head to and from Carrow Road for the East Anglian derby.

Police are reminding people that roads near the stadium could close and supporters could be diverted on different routes for safety reasons.

Around 2,000 Ipswich fans are expected to travel for Saturday's match against Norwich City, which kicks off at 12.30pm.

Norfolk Police is working closely with colleagues in Suffolk, British Transport Police and the football clubs to try and ensure everything runs smoothly.

Supporters are being encouraged to plan to arrive at the stadium earlier than usual to ease congestion and travellers are reminded to plan journeys in advance.


Eastern Daily Press: Canaries fans have marched to Carrow Road en masse ahead of the last two derbies at Carrow RoadCanaries fans have marched to Carrow Road en masse ahead of the last two derbies at Carrow Road (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images)

There will be an additional Konectbus park and ride service from Postwick to Thorpe Road in Norwich. 

Officers will be directing Ipswich fans out of the railway station via a side entrance and onto Lower Clarence Road, along Clarence Road, onto Carrow Road and safely to the away section.

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Blues supporters will be signposted back to the railway station on the same route.

Ipswich fans travelling on club coaches will also be signposted to the stadium by officers from their planned drop-off in Lower Clarence Road.

Eastern Daily Press: Around 2,000 Ipswich supporters are expected at Carrow Road on SaturdayAround 2,000 Ipswich supporters are expected at Carrow Road on Saturday (Image: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images)

Greater Anglia will be running additional ‘football special’ trains before and after the match in addition to the scheduled hourly service between London Liverpool Street and Norwich.

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These will run between Ipswich and Norwich, calling only at Stowmarket.

Norfolk Police's assistant chief constable, Nick Davison, gold commander for the policing operation, said: “I want people to feel reassured and have every confidence in their travel plans for Saturday.

"We’ve been working closely with Greater Anglia and Konectbus Park and Ride service as part of our planning around the match and in light of changes to the usual scheduled train service, to do just that."