Free coach travel to Burnley available for all Arsenal fans....

Last updated : 20 December 2007 By Chris Parry
E.ON, one of the UK's leading energy suppliers and Sponsor of The FA Cup, is offering free coach travel with National Express for football fans heading to FA Cup Third Round matches, as part of its campaign.

The offer will provide coach travel for fans at each of the 32 away Third Round fixtures in order to reduce the environmental impact of The FA Cup. By logging onto, fans can pledge leave their car at home and travel by coach for free.

Millwall, Crystal Palace, Barnet and Arsenal fans could make a combined saving of nearly six tonnes of CO2 by leaving their cars at home and taking the free coach. Arsenal fans face the longest journey out of London with a 430 mile round trip to Burnley. If 50 fans take the coach they could save nearly three tones of CO2, the equivalent of powering a house for 170 days.

With fans expected to clock up over 8,000 miles in total traveling to games over the Third Round weekend, fans are being encouraged to do their bit. Going by coach is the most environmentally friendly form of transport, emitting just 29g of CO2 on a per passenger kilometre basis (gCO2/ compared to trains and cars. If just one coach is filled with fans at every game rather than traveling by car, over 56 tonnes of CO2 would be saved, the equivalent to boiling over 1 million kettles for your half time cuppa.

The partnership with National Express will run across every round of The FA Cup through to The Final in May. By encouraging fans to travel to matches together in a coach, rather than driving in a car, fans can make a significant difference to competition's carbon emissions.

Mike Thompson, Head of Sponsorship & Events at E.ON said: "With thousands of fans traveling to FA Cup games every round, it is no surprise that travel has the biggest environmental impact. By providing free coaches to away games this round and for every round until The Final, we hope that fans will travel to the game together rather than by car, and reduce their carbon footprint. The initiative with National Express is a great way of communicating some of the easy steps fans can take to help make this season's FA Cup carbon neutral."