CROWDS of people arrived in Brighton today, despite warnings for visitors not to travel to the city.

A video shows hundreds of people at Brighton railway station just after midday.


However, Govia Thameslink Railway said numbers were not as high as yesterday and they had put additional measures in place at the station.

A GTR spokesman said: "'In order to prepare for the expected higher footfall today, we want to assure you we have put additional measures at Brighton station into place.  

"We will be continually monitoring passenger numbers.  

"Passenger numbers are down from yesterday and from last year’s Pride. 

"People are reminded that train capacity is limited and to plan their return journey in good time."

Yesterday Brighton and Hove City Council released a statement telling people not to come to the city amid concerns about social distancing, as thousands gathered on the beaches to cool off in 28 degree heat.

The Argus: Beaches in Brighton were busy again today. Photo: Eddie MitchellBeaches in Brighton were busy again today. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

In a message to potential visitors, a spokesman for the council said: “We're concerned about the number of people in the city.

“If you're not already here, please don't travel to the city today.

“There is limited capacity on public transport. Large numbers make it impossible to maintain physical distancing.”

This weekend would normally see crowds parading the streets to celebrate Brighton Pride, but the event was cancelled in April due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week police urged people not to travel to Brighton after fears that an unofficial Pride party would take place.

The Argus:

Brighton and Hove Police warned any unofficial events could be unsafe and said they would take action "if there is a serious risk to public safety, issues relating to alcohol or excessive noise".

The RMT transport workers’ union also urged people not to crowd on to trains to Brighton this weekend, as any surge in passengers could make social distancing difficult.

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Senior assistant general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Concerns have been raised by RMT members and we would expect both the train company, GTR and the travelling public to take those concerns seriously and avoid placing either staff or the public at risk amongst growing reports of Covid-19 cases rising.”

The official Brighton Pride event has gone virtual this year, with performances to be broadcast online, including shows from Fatboy Slim and Nile Rodgers.