Travel Chaos: Strikes Likely to Disrupt Holiday Plans
UK’s biggest tour operator, TUI, has issued a warning for UK passengers setting off this week as strikes could cause them to miss their flight.
On top of ongoing airport chaos, hours-long queues at ports, and thousands of flight and rail cancellations, people looking to get to the airport could run into problems if they plan to travel by train.
“We’d like to remind customers of a planned national train strike on Wednesday 27 July which is likely to affect services into airports across the country throughout the day and into Thursday 28. If you are heading on holiday on either of these days please plan ahead and make alternative plans to get to your departure airport if necessary. We’d also recommend allowing extra time for your journey.”Statement from TUI
The company added that holidaymakers on either of these days should allow extra time for their journey to the airport.
UK Rail Strike
On 27 July around 40,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union plan to strike for 24 hours. That includes staff at Network Rail and 14 operators like London Overground and GTR – which runs the Gatwick Express.
“Strike action will take place next Wednesday (27 July) as planned and our members are more determined than ever to secure a decent pay rise, job security, and good working conditions,”Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary
Train companies expect a severely reduced service to run on the day of the strike and services to start running later than usual on 28 July.
Holidaymakers making any part of their journey by train should plan well ahead for all of these dates as well as surrounding days and expect frequent cancellations and delays on most lines.
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