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Train Strikes To Hit Eurovision and FA Cup Final

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While the support for rail strikes has dwindled, those looking forward to travelling to the Eurovision and the FA Cup Final will need to find alternative transportation.

The RMT has joined the rail drivers’ union in announcing another set of strike dates, which will take place on May 12, May 13, May 31, and June 3.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper has accused the RMT transport union of “cynically targeting the Eurovision song contest” by calling strikes on the day of the final.

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Eurovision fans and football fans have hit out at the timing of the rail strikes, while some insiders at Eurovision have said the disruption could embarrass the UK in front of visiting nations.

The ongoing dispute has caused misery for passengers for nearly a year, and now there are more threats of rail strikes beyond the summer.

The rail strikes are not only affecting those going to work, but it’s also affecting the UK tourism industry. With the tourism industry still in recovery, the last thing hotels, holiday parks, and tourism outlets need is more rail strikes.

Those without cars are being forced to either find other travel arrangements or cancel their days out at the seaside or holidays. With two of the planned strikes taking place on a Friday and Saturday, that could have a serious impact on those going on a caravan holiday.

Popular caravan parks in places that include Devon, Skegness, Blackpool, Boston, and Blackpool have holidays available that start on a Friday, Saturday, and Monday. That could mean people cancelling their caravan holidays on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, June 3.

Some caravan owners who rent out their caravans experienced cancellations in previous months due to rail strikes. A lot of those rely on revenue from bookings to pay for their site fees.

 

Who is striking and when?

 

Train drivers from 15 rail operators who are members of the union, Aslef, will strike on:

 

    Friday, May 12

 

    Wednesday, May 31

 

    Saturday, June 3

 

The rail companies affected will be:

 

    Avanti West Coast

 

    Chiltern Railways

 

    CrossCountry

 

    East Midlands Railway

 

    Great Western Railway

 

    Greater Anglia

 

    GTR

 

    Great Northern Thameslink

 

    London North Eastern Railway

 

    Northern Trains

 

    Southeastern

 

    Southern/Gatwick Express

 

    SWR depot drivers

 

    SWR Island Line

 

    TransPenine Express

 

    West Midlands Trains

 

 

Rail workers from 14 operators have also planned industrial action for:

 

    Saturday, May 13

 

The rail companies affected will be:

 

    Chiltern Railways

 

    Cross Country Trains

 

    Greater Anglia;

 

    LNER

 

    East Midlands Railway

 

    c2c

 

    Great Western Railway

 

    Northern Trains

 

    South Eastern

 

    South Western Railway

 

    Transpennine Express

 

    Avanti West Coast

 

    West Midlands Trains

 

    and GTR (inc Gatwick Express)

 

Unless a comprise is made then more strikes could be announced.

 

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