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Great Northern commuters might not get home in time for the England game

Commuters who travel on Great Northern trains might not the home in time to watch tonight's England game.

The Three Lions kick off at 7pm tonight against Croatia, however the rail operator says fans should allow "extra time" to ensure they get home for tonight's big game.

Great Northern made the annoucement on social media yesterday (July 10), and has also informed regular commuters through e-mail.

Fans might not be able to get back in time for kick off (Image: Warren Gunn)

Their tweet reads: "Watching the #ENGCRO game tomorrow? We expect services from the early afternoon to be extremely busy as people rush home to watch the match. Please allow plenty of time to travel and check your train times by visiting http://nationalrail.co.uk ."

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However, the announcement has been slammed by Heidi Allen, the Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire who vented her frustration on twitter, saying: "Ive actually heard it all now….. an email from @ GNRailUK to me has suggested that due to their inefficient rostering and high levels of annual leave, customers should allow extra time to ensure they get home for the # EnglandvCroatia match tonight. Enough. # franchiseover .

Heidi Allen had previously criticised the train company in parliament, saying: "Passengers are fed up of hearing that 'things are going to improved'."

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In response to the tweet, a spokeswoman for Govia Thameslink, which runs Great Northern, said: “We expect services to be extremely busy leading up to the World Cup semi-final as people travel home to watch it this evening. We advise passengers to allow plenty of time to travel and check train times by visiting nationalrail.co.uk.

“Late approval of this May's new timetable meant we had just three weeks instead of three months to plan for the May timetable which led to inefficient work schedules and rosters and the disruption passengers have been experiencing. We will address this with a new interim timetable next week to create a more robust service."

Members of the public also criticised the train company, with a number of angry responses left on their initial tweet yesterday (July 10).

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England in the World Cup 2018

@KateKtam tweeted: "This tweet is horribly inappropriate!!! Do you actually need reminding that youre not running any form of service currently? We dont!!! We live your commuter hell EVERY DAY! We cant arrange anything post work at home in fear we dont get there….get real!"

Further criticism came from @FreyaIsle, who said on Twitter: "Are you joking? You can't run trains reliably regardless of football. I've been delayed and over crowded consistently as you continue to charge commuters full fares on Hertford North line. What a disgrace to us all who are captive consumers with no alternative."

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