Hove MP to ask rail bosses to postpone shutdown on day of Albion’s FA Cup trip to Wembley

Posted On 19 Mar 2019 at 9:35 am

Hove MP Peter Kyle is to ask Network Rail bosses to postpone a shutdown between Brighton and Three Bridges on the day when thousands of football fans will be heading to Wembley.

Brighton and Hove Albion take on Premier League champions Manchester City either on Saturday 6 April or Sunday 7 April in the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

The fixture takes place on a weekend when Network Rail plans to close the line from Three Bridges to Brighton – affecting passengers travelling on east and west coastway services too.

Fans choosing to travel by public transport will face the challenge of crowding on to rail replacement buses.

Coach operator National Express plans to lay on extra coaches on the day of the match.

It is the official travel partner for Wembley Stadium and will be able to take fans directly to the stadium.

Although Mr Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove, is not known as a football fan, he has spent a great deal of time pressing rail bosses for a better service.

In the FA Cup, a win for Brighton would earn the club £1.8 million while the losers will pick up £900,000.

If the Seagulls win, they will play in the FA Cup Final on Saturday 18 May.

  1. J Reply

    Actually you will find Liverpool are the league leaders, rather than City.

    • Frank le Duc Reply

      Thanks. You’re right. It’s now corrected. (Insert blushing emoji here!)

  2. SN@SYC Reply

    The Brighton Mainline has been in desperate need of upgrades for many years. Passengers who use it every day have already waited too long for Network Rail to get the job done. The knock-on effects of another postponement will cost millions. And jeopardise other projects in the process.
    We cannot keep complaining about the railways, air quality, traffic and fragile infrastructure if we keep deciding to put off the essential work because it disrupts our weekend plans. Get a grip, people.

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