“Hundreds of miles of unessential roadworks will be put on hold to help supporters enjoy the occasion and enhance their journeys,” the FA added.

Places on the free buses must be pre-booked with the clubs involved.

Both FA Cup semi-finals have been played at Wembley since the refurbished stadium opened in 2008 – before that, the semis had been held at neutral Premier League grounds.

The other FA Cup semi-final is between London clubs Chelsea and Crystal Palace so there is no issue over the venue. That semi-final will take place on Sunday, 17 April, with a 16:30 BST kick-off.

FA Cup semi-final TV schedule and kick-off times (all BST)

Men’s semi-finals:

Manchester City v Liverpool – Saturday, 16 April, 15:30, Wembley Stadium, on BBC One and BBC iPlayer

Chelsea v Crystal Palace – Sunday 17 April, 16:30, Wembley Stadium on ITV and BBC Radio 5 Live

Women’s semi-finals:

West Ham United v Manchester City – Saturday, 16 April, 12:15, on BBC One, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 5 Live

Arsenal v Chelsea – Sunday, 17 April, 12:30 on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer and BBC Radio 5 Live


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