Arsenal are due to play Tottenham at Emirates stadium on October 1st, but the fixture could be postponed as rail strikes announced. Crystal Palace vs Chelsea fixture likely to follow suit.
As part of an ongoing dispute over pay, further rail strikes will take place in October, suggesting that some scheduled Premier League fixtures could be in doubt.
🚨| Train drivers at 12 different rail companies will strike on October 1st and 5th.
The strike is set to cause major disruption to the Conservative Party conference which is happening between October 2nd and 5th.
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Train drivers at 12 rail companies are due to strike on two days at the start of October, one of those being October 1 – the date of the first North London Derby of the season. Chelsea are also set to travel to Crystal Palace later in the day.
Travellers attending major events on the first of October such as football matches and concerts are being forced to change or cancel plans as rail strikes bring the nation to a standstill.
A 24-hour walkout on September 15 was set to be the most disruptive yet, forcing the stoppage of the main intercity routes from London to the Midlands, northern England, Scotland and Wales.
Operators of commuter services around England as well as the London Overground had also signed up with the affected companies are understood to be Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western Railway, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Northern Trains, Southeastern, TransPennine Expres and West Midlands Trains.
As per Inews.co.uk, the strikes will take place on October 1st and 5th as part of the ongoing dispute over pay. Major rail strikes initially planned for the 15th, and 17th of September were cancelled following the death of Queen Elizabeth II as a mark of respect.
October’s industrial action will be the latest in a series of rail strikes that have caused major travel disruption across the country since the start of the summer.
Brighton vs Crystal Palace Postponed.
Brighton’s Premier League game against Crystal Palace on September 17 at the Amex Stadium was postponed due to a planned train strike across the United Kingdom.
As there’s a strong rivalry between the two, and because the Amex is especially difficult to get to without using public transport, the game was called off prior to news of the Queen’s funeral.
However, some games have gone ahead on planned strike days in the recent past, so the strike action won’t necessarily lead to postponements. That will be a decision that’s solely down to the Premier League, and it’s likely that they’ll make an announcement in the coming days or weeks.
Nevertheless, given that it’s one of the biggest rivalries in the country, Arsenal and Spurs fans will be particularly worried about another potential postponement of North London derby. The match is scheduled to start early on Saturday, October 1st with a 12.30pm Kick-off planned.