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Chelsea fans hit by rail chaos with Christmas strikes set to affect Bournemouth match

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 06/12/2022 Nizaar Kinsella
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Chelsea fans are facing travel chaos when the Premier League returns, after extra rail strikes were scheduled over Christmas.

The RMT union has said that staff at Network Rail involved in a pay dispute will walk out from 6pm on December 24 until December 27.

The planned new strike dates are set to affect millions of people travelling for Christmas and cause severe disruption for Chelsea supporters travelling to their game against Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on December 27.

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Leyton Orient fans will also be impacted by the strikes when the League Two leaders host Stevenage on the same day.

As well as the planned strikes on December 24-27, industrial action at 14 train companies across four 48-hour periods will take place on December 13-14, December 16-17, January 3-4 and January 6-7.

Premier League fixtures on January 3-4 will be affected, with Newcastle fans facing a nightmare journey for their game away at Arsenal on Tuesday, January 3, which is due to have a 7.45pm kick-off.

Fulham are away at Leicester that day, while on Wednesday, January 4, West Ham are away at Leeds and Crystal Palace host Tottenham.

FA Cup third-round fixtures on Saturday, January 7, are also set to be impacted, including Spurs v Portsmouth, Crystal Palace v Southampton, Fleetwood v QPR, Hull v Fulham, Millwall v Sheffield United and Brentford v West Ham,

There are no train services on Boxing Day, when Brentford host Spurs, Crystal Palace play Fulham and Arsenal are at home to West Ham.

Millwall, QPR and Watford are all in action in the Championship on Boxing Day, Charlton play in League One, while AFC Wimbledon and Sutton have games in League Two.

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