Southern Rail has announced Falmer station will close from 5pm tonight (August 9), despite a Brighton and Hove Albion match this evening.
The last train from Brighton to Falmer is at 4.45pm, three hours before Albion play Colchester United in the EFL Trophy at 7.45pm.
Govia Thameslink, the rail operator in dispute with the RMT union, has said: “Due to the RMT dispute severely impacting train services and in discussions with police, their advice is that on safety grounds no trains should stop at Falmer after 5pm on upcoming match days. We are sorry that we cannot offer a normal service to fans. We are talking to the club about the implications for them.”
Brighton and Hove Albion has already said the five-day rail strike could cost the club £300,000 in lost revenue and additional costs.
The club has set up park and ride facilities around the city in order to prepare for tonight’s match and Friday’s game against Nottingham Forest, in the face of rail disruption.
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