Travel chaos as rail strike leaves passengers stranded | UK | News


Hundreds of departures usually operate on Boxing Day after the Christmas Day shutdown. But Network Rail said Britain’s railways will remain closed for a second consecutive day due to a walkout by employees who are in the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

Passengers were warned about the impact of the strike a week ago.

Airport transfers such as the Heathrow Express and the Stansted Express are usually among the most popular services on Boxing Day.

Airline passengers will be forced to find other ways of getting to and from airports.

A number of other planned services cannot take place due to the RMT strike.

Previous rail strikes caused major disruption and the RMT is due to hold further walkouts on January 3-4 and January 6-7.The lack of trains means more people will travel by road today.

Coach operators National Express and Megabus have experienced strong demand.

The AA expects 15.2 million cars on UK roads today.A spokesman said: “Traffic is likely to build around shopping centres as lots of people seek a bargain in the sales, meanwhile football fans will travel to see their teams.

“There is scope for localised traffic congestion and more short trips, but traffic should be dispersed throughout the day as people take their time after Christmas Day.”

The RAC highlighted two stretches of the M25 as likely hotspots for queues.

They are from junction seven to 16 clockwise and from junction four to junction one going anti-clockwise.



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