If you’re planning on going to Roots Hall this weekend, here’s our travel guide ahead of the match.
You can expect to be driving for just over three and a half hours. Starting at Glanford Park, take the first exit onto the roundabout by McDonalds and then take the first exit at the next roundabout onto Doncaster Rd/A18.
At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto the M181 heading towards the Humber Bridge/Doncaster/M180. After two miles take the exit onto the M180 towards Hull/Grimsby/Airport. After travelling for another six miles, at junction 4, take the A15 exit to Scunthorpe/Lincoln/Brigg/A18. Use the next three roundabouts to stay on the A15 and then use the following eight to stay on the A46.
Once you have done this, take the second exit at the next roundabout onto the A1 slip road to Grantham/Balderton.
Stay on the A1 for 18 miles and then continue straight onto Great N Rd/A1 for 28.7 miles. Following this, continue onto the A1 (M) and follow the signs for London. After 11 miles keep left at the fork to continue on the A14 and follow signs for London (E)/Huntingdon/M11/Cambridge and Stansted. After 16 miles keep right to continue on the M11 and follow signs for London for 42 miles.
After this, use the left two lanes to merge onto the M25 towards D'ford/M20 and stay on the road for ten miles. At junction 29, take the A127 exit to Basildon/Southend and then at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A127 slip road towards Basildon/Southend.
Merge onto Southend Arterial Rd A127 and continue for 17 miles. Then, at the roundabout take the third exit onto Prince Ave/A127. Finally, at the next roundabout take the third exit onto Victoria Ave/A127 and you will see Roots Hall Football Stadium.
Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk to plan your journey. The closest train station to Roots Hall is Prittlewell Station which is an eight minute walk from the ground.
PUBS AND GRUB...
Hot food and drinks are available to buy at the ground. However, if you’re looking to get out and about there are multiple venues to visit. The Blue Boar pub is only a two minute walk away from the stadium. The Fish House serves fish and chips and is only three minutes away. If you venture into the town centre, which is around twenty minutes away, there are multiple other options.
WHAT TO EXPECT...
You will be housed in the ASDI North Stand which can hold up to 2,248 fans when full. Roots Hall is one of the older stadiums in the game, as it was opened in 1955. However, from the time of opening, Roots Hall remained the youngest Football League stadium until Glanford Park was opened in 1988. The Blues’ mascots are Sammy the Shrimp and Elvis J Eel.