April 22, 2024

Great Britain. Trains stopped due to strikes.

People stand at the departure boards at Kings Cross station in London. Strikes greatly hamper Christmas travel.

photo: dpa

On Boxing Day, the British have to do without train trips as much as possible. Beneficiaries are long-distance bus providers.

Rail and border strikes posed challenges for UK travelers over Christmas.

On Boxing Day, trains were largely halted, Sky News reported. The RMT transport union had called on its members in a collective bargaining dispute to stop working from Christmas Eve until the morning of December 27. The dispute over higher wages and better working conditions has been raging for months. Strikes continue to thwart British travel plans.

Chaos on Boxing Day

On Boxing Day, many Britons go to traditional holiday football matches or go shopping as shops open differently than in Germany. According to the Palestinian News Agency, the Automobile Association AA predicted about 15 million cars and traffic jams on the roads because many commuters switched from railways to highways.

Border officials also stopped working during the holidays. Instead, the military was used at large airports. The Heathrow Express and Stansted Express, which carry many passengers from London airports to central London, did not run as usual. According to the PA, long-distance bus providers such as National Express and Megabus have seen strong demand.


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