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Fans face travel chaos with rail strikes to hit Lord’s Test – The Telegraph

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Three days of rail strikes next weekincluding a 24-hour walkout on the London Underground, threatening to cause chaos for the marquee Test of the summer at Lord’s between England and South Africa.

MCC has written to its members and ticket buyers urging them to make alternative plans for getting to and from Lord’s on days two, three and four next week.

A national rail strike is planned for Thursday and Saturday, but the toughest day for supporters is likely to be Friday, match day three, when a Tube strike will cripple London transport.

The club has negotiated additional street parking with Westminster City Council, which has agreed to relax its four-hour limit, allowing spectators to park and go to the match, but it will clearly not be enough to deal with a crowd of close 28,000, with only a handful of seats not sold for that day.

Supporters have been sent details of bus and coach companies providing services to London and NCP parking at Underground stations where they can leave their cars during the strikes.

MCC will not offer ticket refunds to supporters unable to attend the ground due to the industrial action. The refund policy at Lord’s covers weather disruptions as well as Covid protocols. There is a danger of large stretches of empty seats at the start of play at 11am as fans scramble to get to the Home of Cricket.

About 2,500 tickets were not sold for the first four days

“We are closely following RMT developments and have been working through options to mitigate the impact the strikes may have on members, general cardholders and staff,” an MCC statement said.

“These include agreements with Westminster Council to adjust parking restrictions in the local borough, and securing additional parking space with local organizations to ensure staff can reach the ground to deliver safely each match day.

“Apart from the extra measures arranged by the club, there are various coach companies running services to and from London, and NCP parking at 75 TfL stations across the city.

“These details have been communicated directly to cardholders and further information can be found at lords.org. We encourage all attendees to review their own travel arrangements and plan accordingly. “

There are approximately 2,500 unsold tickets for the first four days of the test, mostly in the upper tier of prices up to £160.

MCC faced criticism during the New Zealand Test earlier this summer for their high prices during a cost-of-living crisis when around 16,000 tickets were not sold just days before the game was supposed to start. The majority of tickets are priced over £100 including for juniors.

MCC announced a review of ticket prices for the 2023 Ashes Test in June and released a further 2,000 junior tickets at £20 following the setback.

Tickets have sold much better for the South Africa Test, but those available are in the higher price bracket and fetch around £300,000 in value. Most of the tickets are either returns or tickets released to view screen position, but the added travel chaos could put off potential buyers who pick up late tickets.

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