The station was unusually quiet today as train numbers were reduced on the first day of a huge rail strike.
Members of the RMT union went out at midnight last night to strike over wages, working conditions and job cuts.
It is the biggest rail strike in 30 years, with only a fifth of services across the country operating today.
Taxi drivers at Brighton station told The Argus they had seen a drop in trade this morning.
One said he only took one ride between 9 a.m. and noon, when he usually expected to take five or six.
The taxi driver, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s been too quiet, I think I’ll just go home now.”
Shops at the station also took a hit.
A coffee vendor – who also did not want to be named – said he had not seen as much trade as expected on a normal Tuesday as passengers avoid the station.
Trains were seen leaving the station with just “five or six” passengers on board, a source said.
A picket ran to the rear of New England Road station from 7 a.m., but was gone by 11 a.m.
There is a heavily reduced service from Brighton to London today, with just one train per hour to London Victoria and one to London Bridge.
The RMT union strikes will take place today, Thursday and Saturday – which should have the most impact.
A late Sunday schedule will operate on South West services on days when strikes are not taking place.
Southern, which operates many trains from Brighton, voted against the strike.
Gatwick Express will not operate on strike days.
The BBC reports that traffic in London has increased with the Tube strikes. He said congestion levels had increased by 21%.
It’s a similar story across the country, with TomTom reporting levels up 4% on the same period last week, while Liverpool saw a 7% increase in congestion.
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This notice was published: 2022-06-21 11:55:32