ALBION fans could face travel chaos as rail strikes will coincide with the Seagulls’ game against Crystal Palace later this month.
The Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs services to and from Falmer station – which is closest to the stadium – has urged people not to travel on earlier RMT strike days due to limited trains to and from Brighton and no services east and west West of the stadium run district.
It is likely that there will be no trains from Falmer on September 17th, leaving thousands of football fans with tickets to the game miserable.
Around 40,000 RMT members are due to take part in the industrial action across the country later this month, which the union says will “effectively shut down” Britain’s rail network.
RMT General Secretary Mike Lynch said members had “no choice but to continue this strike action.”
He said: “Network Rail and the rail companies have shown little interest over the last few weeks in offering anything new to our members so that we can come to a negotiated settlement.
“Transport Secretary Grant Shapps continues his dereliction of duty by staying in his bunker and preventing the rail industry from making a deal with us.
“We will continue to negotiate in good faith, but employers and the government must understand that our industrial campaign will continue for as long as it takes.”
Revised timetables for strike days later this month are yet to be released.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport said: “Once again, union leaders are choosing self-destructive, coordinated strike action over constructive talks, not only disrupting the lives of millions of people who depend on these services but also endangering the future of the railways and their own livelihoods member.”
In their last game against each other, Albion drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at the Amex.
The Seagulls are currently fourth in the Premier League with the Eagles 13th.
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