Spot on El Pres.
Sadly there appears to be no will on the part of the club to improve the transport infrastructure. What it needs if for Barber to take the train from Littlehampton, or Bognor, or Seaford and experience for himself the long kettling queues, the crammed trains, the long queues at Brighton etc etc and do the return journey too when you have to be up and at it early the next day for work. Would it make any difference? Probably not as he can just jump in his limo with his priority car parking space for the next game.
I would also suggest that having so many games moved from Saturday 3pm just compounds the situation.
I don't know if it is worse than all other grounds as I only go to BHAFC matches. Having said that, the transport infrastructure at the Amex is significantly worse than away grounds I have visited.
If I could stay to applaud the players, walk down to the station and get a train in 5/10 minutes (a 4 carriage train on Tuesday), get to Brighton with a West Coastway connection ready and waiting (15 minute wait and another four carriage train) and get home at a reasonable hour, I would love to do so.
I can understand why people leave early on the midweek days, especially if they have connections to make at brighton or lewes. I actually thought things worked ok on tuesday night. I arrived at brighton station around 6.40ish, the queue for the train had reached the gate at the station entrance, so I was much further back than usual. Annoyingly the 6.51 was delayed until 7 so the queue did not move for nearly 20 minutes. That said the queue was patient and there was good singing from both sets of supporters and did not hear many geordies moaning their heads off unlike some other less tolerant away fans. Eventully the 6.51 and 59 departed without me. I wasn't panicing as the 09, 19, 23 and 32 would still get me there before kick off. Got the 19 and arrive din plenty of time. The fans were patient, the staff loaded the trains to capacity and there were few empty seats at kick off, pretty good job all round for a 30,000 crowd.
After the game, had a couple of pints left at 10.25 walked straight on to a train back in the Albert by 10.45 no problems. I was expecting the trains to be a nightmare but for me they were ok. I really do not think the infrastructure is that bad. It just seems that way as the train station is literally at the stadium. Compared to Upton Park, Arsenal, Spurs etc it's fine. At places like Preston it's a 30 minute walk.
If you are expecting to get away instantly then you will be disappointed but if you factor in around 30-45 minutes you should be fine.
I don't begrudge anyone leaving early, they all have their reasons. I know I'll have a four hour drive ahead of me regardless of what time I leave the stadium, so I try and savour every moment whilst I'm there. In some ways the early leavers makes it a smoother departure for us staying until the players leave the field, as it's not such a crush getting out.
I guess what I'm saying is each to their own.
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