THE Town Supporters Association’s meeting with the club’s directors saw supporters highlight access problems at the stadium following the introduction of the card swipe.
There may have been some glitches with the new system, but the club is satisfied with progress and confirmed that flow rates through the turnstiles are equivalent to the previous system with season ticket books.
Getting in is one thing, but getting out is another that has also caused concern this season for Town fans, some of whom have been inconvenienced at the expense of a large away following.
It was pointed out that club officials are obliged to follow police advice on exit strategies but the hope was expressed that dual egress would be possible, in some cases at least.
Arrangements will be determined on a match by match basis, depending on the risk assessment carried out at the time.
Also discussed was traffic flow away from the stadium after matches and the club said it is voluntarily paying for traffic flow management.
Some fans might question ‘value for money’ but should note that possible improvements to traffic lights are being considered.
Since the meeting the Supporters Association have been advised of further arrangements for the availability of the South Stand for Town fans.
This will not be open on Sunday and is unlikely to be open for the match against Peterborough on April 9, as large numbers of away fans are expected in both instances.
The Easter Monday game is the likeliest match for Town fans to get into the South Stand but this has not been confirmed by the safety team.
Our next away trip is a short one to Tranmere on Saturday, April 2, with an 11.30 departure from the stadium. The Supporters Association coach fare is £12 and places can be booked either by phoning Sally on 07926 165863 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the cabin on Sunday.