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BARBER ON TRAIN CHAOS

14 September 2016

Paul Barber has responded to the late cancellation of several rail services due to run after last night's match at the Amex.


Brighton & Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber has thanked both Brighton & Hove Buses and Seagull Travel, after the two companies' swift intervention helped save hundreds of fans from being stranded at the Amex last night, following the club's 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

The very late and somewhat unexpected cancellation of several post-match Southern Rail services, left Albion's operations team with a significant logistical headache.

Barber also praised fans for their patience and his own staff for their contingency plans, which enabled the club to have everybody home in a safe and timely fashion.

He said, "After being initially advised by Southern Rail that a full matchday service would be in place for the game, several services were cancelled during the day, and then the post-match eastbound services were cut severely during the match.

"That made for another planning headache for our operations team, but once again, with the assistance of Brighton & Hove Buses and Seagull Travel and at incredibly short notice, we were able to lay on buses to assist fans in getting back to Lewes and beyond.

"I would like to thank Brighton & Hove Buses and Seagull Travel for their assistance in getting all fans home safely after the match - and also our fans for once again showing patience and understanding of the situation; thankfully it didn't have too big an impact on them."

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Barber has reassured fans that the club will continue to do everything possible to assist with travel to and from the Amex - and has again called for an end to the rail dispute, which is causing many businesses and individuals ongoing travel problems.
 
He said, "As one of Southern Rail's largest customers, I urge both sides to consider the severe damage this is doing to their business - and ours - as well as many others. The longer the dispute goes on, the more Southern's customers are losing confidence and patience."

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