Brighton & Hove Albion have announced the strike involving Southern train services will cost the seaside club in excess of £300,000.
The Seagulls who have two night games at the Amex this week including tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Colchester are facing heavy disruption.
The club believes as many as 12,000 fans are reliant on train services to Falmer Station for home games and the news that the city’s train service provider will be striker has had an adverse effect upon ticket sales.
Shockingly amongst the strike Falmer Station will not be in service at all during the evening match-days as RMT union members continue to strike throughout the week.
The decision by RMT means that hundred of Southern trains have been cancelled in the wake of the announced strike following a dispute over who should be operating carriage doors. Previously it was a conductors responsibility but due to cuts it was proposed this would now be the job of drivers.
After Colchester tonight in the Capital One Cup, Albion face Nottingham Forest on Friday night which will be televised on Sky Sports for a 19:45 BST kick off time.
A statement from Southern said: “[After] discussions with police, their advice is that on safety grounds no trains should stop at Falmer after 17:00 BST 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.”
The Seagulls have predicted they will lose £250,000 from lost revenue and have also incurred an extra cost of £50,000 to provide replacement buses, additional park-and-ride facilities and extra stewarding.
Brighton director Martin Perry has written to three local MPs describing the disruption as “totally unacceptable”.
“Our success relies totally on us having a reliable, efficient, good quality train and bus service,” he wrote in an open letter published on the clubs website.
When will the trouble with Southern end?