The travel nightmare facing Chelsea supporters for Newcastle and Hull trips

Chelsea supporters face consecutive nightmare journeys to the north east later this month with their visits to Newcastle United and Hull City affected by rail engineering work.

Fans travelling to St James’ Park for the Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on January 18 face a significantly longer trip than usual on top of an overnight stay due to restricted train travel from London.

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London North Eastern Rail have confirmed that engineering work is scheduled on the weekend of January 18-19, meaning all trains from the capital to the north east will run via Cambridge.

That means the fastest journey from King’s Cross will take more than four hours with at least an additional 60 minutes on top of regular journey times.

A reduced service will also be running with one departure every hour from King’s Cross. The last train back on Saturday evening pulls out of Newcastle during half-time.

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While the exact kick-off time for the FA Cup fourth round tie away to Hull, of the Sky Bet Championship, will not be confirmed until later this week there are no trains leaving King’s Cross on the weekend of January 25-26.

If that game is played on Saturday or Sunday, fans will need to travel via Sheffield – adding up to 90 minutes to regular journey times. The cheapest available return ticket for that trip is £116.

Should that game be an evening kick off, the travelling Blues will also need to stay on Humberside overnight as the last train departs Hull shortly after 6pm.