We need longer trains on Seagulls match days

From: Carol WhatfordWoodpecker Drive, 
Hailsham

Thursday, 2nd September 2021, 4:17 pm

As a Brighton and Hove Albion supporter I have been very impressed with the arrangements and precautions the club is taking to keep everyone safe whilst still being able to watch the football.

However, I cannot say the same for Southern Rail.

I travel to the Amex from Polegate and on Saturday caught the 12.50pm train (bearing in mind kick off was 3pm).

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It would appear that there are two trains a hour serving Falmer from Polegate and when ours arrived it consisted of four coaches already absolutely rammed, very few people wearing masks and I felt very unsafe.

Would it not be possible to have longer trains to cope with match days?

Overcrowding was always a problem, even pre-pandemic.

If there is a further local outbreak of Covid it will not be as a result of the football, Southern Rail will have to accept responsibility.