Train strike: 5 ways your journey will be affected by today's strike – as Brits brace for MONTHS of walk-out madness | The Sun
21st June 2022

BRITS face of days of travel chaos as the train strike gets underway today and the UK could be facing months of disruption.

The country ground to a halt this morning as the RMT launched the biggest walkout since the 1980s.



Last ditch efforts to resolve the dispute over pay, jobs and conditions failed and Brits have been warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary with half of the rail network shut down on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Here are five ways you could be affected by the industrial action.

Commuter chaos

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With 80 per cent of trains cancelled main roads already gridlocked.

Brits have been warned do NOT travel as just one in five trains are running and entire regions – such as Cornwall and Dorset – have been completely cut off.

Major stations around the country are closed until 7.30am and half of all lines aren't running at all. The services that are running will end at 6.30pm.

Highways England operations manager Louise Boothman told Good Morning Britain the worst delays are hitting early.

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Another peak in traffic is expected at around 3.30pm, which could last into the early evening, 

Months of delays

Rail union bosses have threatened to continue to strike with the RMT boss Mick Lynch warning the misery could drag on for months.

He said the rail strike will go on “as long as it needs to” until bosses cave to his pay demands.

Britain should brace itself for a “wave” of strikes across the entire economy, he said – fuelling fears we are heading for 1970s style industrial unrest.

He added: “Our campaign will run as long as it needs to run until we get a settlement acceptable to our people.

“Whenever we get an offer that is tenable we will put that to our members in a referendum.”

He predicted: “I think there is going to be a wave of industrial action, a wave of ballots and a wave of campaigning.”

Glastonbury nightmare

The industrial action is expected to cancel half of the trains bound to Glastonbury festival, leaving partygoers reeling.

And yesterday, hundreds of music fans arrived at Glastonbury two days early in order to beat today's rail strike.

Travelling by coach is also another option for hopeful partygoers withNational express the coach partner for the festival.

Scores of festival goers were spotted laden down with rucksacks and camping gear at Castle Cary station in Somerset on Monday, with the famous music festival getting underway on Wednesday.

Great Western Railway (GWR) is operating just five services from London Paddington to Castle Cary on Thursday.

This means a total of just 24 trains will run to the event between Wednesday and Friday instead of the planned 51 services.

GCSE exams missed

Mums and dads who put their children on trains to school are already desperately trying to find other ways to get their kids to exams.

Teens will sit GCSE history and dance today. German, religious studies and maths A-Levels will also take place.

On Thursday, the second day of strikes, chemistry A-Levels and physics GCSEs are planned. In total, however, 17 GCSE and 22 A-Level tests could be disrupted.

In order to mitigate the problems, examiners can begin 30 minutes late, or even move the tests altogether.

One mum told how she faces a 180-mile drive to get her sons to school for their GCSE exams during the rail strike.

Marta Kotlarek said she hopes she will only have to drive her sons on the 60-mile round-trip from their home in Holywell to Ysgol Eirias for the main three days of the strike but fears it could be longer.

NHS hit

Healthcare bosses have maintained the NHS "remains open" amid strike action today.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis has urged anyone considering skipping appointments to find another way to get in.

"I am urging those who have appointments booked in to plan ahead and look at alternative options for getting to their GP practice or hospital if needed," he said.

The strikes could have a particular impact on hospitals in London, as many have limited parking.

Clinical nurse manager Priya Govender, 37, said she has "already had a horrible day and it has only just started".

Priya stayed at a hotel in Liverpool Street, central London, hoping that an early start would enable her to get home to South Coulsdon.

Her day started at 6.15am and she does not think she will arrive until after 10am.

Still trying to figure out what route to take from London Bridge, she said: "I did not think it would be this bad. Some trains are running but a lot have been cancelled.

"I definitely will not be able to get a bus because they are packed. I will have to get an Uber.

"I still have to start work at 9am but at least I can work from home and have some flexibility.

"My day has been horrible. It is going to be a long day and I still have a full day's work to do. After this, I will just work from home on a strike day."

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