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Travelling to Brighton

Brian Caffarey - 4th November 2010

Travelling to Brighton A reminder again that no tickets will be sold for this game on the day since it’s a condition of Albion’s use of the Withdean Stadium that games are ‘all ticket’.

VENUE

Withdean Stadium
Tongdean Lane
Brighton BN1 5JD

Website: www.seagulls.co.uk

BY COACH

The Supporters’ Club are running coaches to the game, leaving Kingfield at 12 noon. The cost is £12 for members and £17 for non-members. Ring the Club Shop on 01483 772470 to book your place. (Later: the coaches are now full and no more bookings are being taken.)

BY CAR

There are severe restrictions on parking anywhere around Withdean Stadium, so you are strongly advised to use the ‘park and ride’ service at Mill Road, which can only be reached via the A23/A27 turn-off at Patcham and by driving west up Mill Road. You cannot enter Mill Road from the Hove turn-off from the A27.

According to Brighton and HA’s official website, on arrival all occupants of the car must hand over their outward travel vouchers from their match ticket to the car parking attendant. You then take the special football buses to Withdean, showing your matchday ticket on the bus. After the match you pick the buses up from London Road: a different location from when you arrive. Follow the crowd under the train tunnel and down to London Road. Buses to Withdean start at 12.30pm on matchdays and run for 30 minutes after the game. Cars must be collected from Mill Road no later than two hours after the game finishes.

There is also a ‘park and ride’ scheme at Mithras House, off the Lewes Road, at the junction with Coombe Road.

If you decide to park in Brighton itself, then you will need to follow the directions below for fans arriving in the town by train.

BY TRAIN

Preston Park station, the station nearest the stadium, will be closed on Saturday, so fans travelling by train need to travel to Brighton Station.

There are two main options from Woking: either changing at Havant or Clapham Junction. Both journeys take about 2 hours. For example, the 11.25 from Woking, via Havant, would get you to Brighton at 13.28. (Other trains run at 25 and 55 minutes past the hour.) The 11.29 from Woking, via Clapham Junction, would get you to Brighton at 13.37. Look up www,nationalrail,co,uk or www.thetrainline.com for more details.

Your best bet then is to take one of the special football buses to the stadium. Your match ticket has vouchers on it for free travel either on these buses or other buses. If coming from Brighton Station take the 27, which takes you to the ground. If you are in the town centre then a 5 and 5a takes you close to the ground.

A Brighton fan advises that, if you are heading back to Brighton Station after the game, the best bet would be to follow the 'crowd' under the train tunnel and head down towards the London Road and either get a special football bus or 5 or 5a to St Peter’s Church and walk up Trafalgar Road adjacent to the stop, which brings you right into the station. Another option is to stay on the bus, get off at Churchill Square, cross the road and get a number 6 straight to the station.

(The vouchers with the match ticket are valid for use on any of these buses within the free bus zone: if you need to use more than one voucher for a journey, just show the driver your match ticket.)

There is a train back to Woking, via Clapham Junction, at 17.18 and, via Havant, at 17.45.



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