Train company Southern has apologised after long queues delayed Brighton and Hove Albion fans travelling to the club’s opening League fixture at Falmer on Saturday (9 August).
Almost half of the 26,993 fans who attended 1-0 defeat by Sheffield Wednesday passed through Brighton Station in the hour or so before the match.
Problems at the end of last season led to a review of the queueing system used to manage fans safely. But the new system didn’t work as smoothly as planned.
Southern said: “We would like to apologise to fans who had to wait for longer than usual at Brighton to get on to a train for the match at Falmer.
“Unfortunately, there was a problem with the installation of the new queuing system we have introduced which meant we had to revert to the old system.
“We are reviewing what happened with a view to ensuring the new system is installed without any further problems.”