Desperate railroad commuters scramble to catch the last trains home for the Christmas festivities as yet another nationwide strike begins.
One passenger was told to get off the train and take the 200-mile coach journey from Crewe to Glasgow while another said they had no choice but to get an expensive taxi after the train services finished.
It comes amid ongoing RMT union strikes that have plagued network rail, throwing celebratory plans into a tailspin as millions of Britons enjoy their first Christmas without Covid restrictions for three years.
Trains stopped running around 3pm on Christmas Eve across the country, canceling the plans of many desperate to get home on the big day.
Passengers trying to get home for Christmas on December 24 were outraged as they faced disruption due to a strike by railway workers over wages and conditions. Pictured: People boarding a train at Euston Station
Services on Christmas Eve were limited and began to wind down in the afternoon. Pictured: Grand Central Station in Birmingham
Network rail will not reopen until 6am on December 27 as another national strike kicks off in a bitter, drawn-out dispute over jobs, wages and conditions.
Commuters have taken to Twitter to criticize rail companies, many of whom are used to delaying or canceling trains without notice.
The AA warned Friday 23 December was the busiest day on roads this week, with an estimated 16.9 journeys across the UK.
Another 16.6 million are expected to travel on Christmas Eve.
Examples of recent train departure times include 10.45am from Leeds to London, 11am from London to Edinburgh and 12.48pm from London to Manchester.
A passenger said their train to Glasgow had stopped at Crewe station, and travelers were advised to take a bus for the rest of the 200-mile journey.
Another passenger who was trying to get to his cottage for Christmas said there were few updates provided by the service provider after their train was cancelled.
Commuters took to Twitter after their trains were delayed or canceled on Christmas Eve
Two polls show public support for railway strikes has fallen to 30% today from 43% in September – and strong opposition is on the rise, according to Ipsos MORI polls, from 31% in September to 36% now.
The RMT strike began on Saturday and will continue until 6 a.m. on December 27.
East Midlands Railway will only run a “very limited service” between London St Pancras and Corby, with no trains on routes such as London St Pancras-Sheffield and London St Pancras-Nottingham.
South Western Railway trains did not run on several routes to and from London Waterloo, including Reading, Twickenham and Dorking.
Commuters at Euston train station in London on Friday 23 December at the start of the Christmas break
Chiltern Railways did not operate any trains to and from Oxford, or North Banbury.
There are no trains running on British Railways on Christmas Day.
The normal Boxing Day schedule has been canceled due to the strike, while services will start later than usual on December 27.
Workers at the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, at Network Rail and 14 train operators are planning to strike on January 3, 4, 6 and 7, meaning services will be disrupted for a week.
The TSSA has announced that 700 staff at West Midlands Trains (WMT) and Great Western Railway (GWR) will stop working on Wednesday 28 December – the day millions are expected to return to work.
Members of the Aslef drivers union at 15 train companies will also walk out on Thursday 5 January after voting overwhelmingly for further industrial action in the long-running dispute over wages.
The companies affected by the Aslef strike are 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 and South Western Railway. (Depot drivers only), SWR Island Line, TransPennine Express, and West Midlands Trains.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, pictured outside Euston station on December 13, have gone on strike on Christmas Eve and will continue to work until December 27.
The overtime ban, announced by the Railroad, Maritime and Transportation Union, is currently in effect through January 2.
The ban — which instructed union members not to work more than their contracted hours — is deeply troubling because the industry relies heavily on employees to work overtime, while in turn helping the workers by increasing their wages.
This, together with planned engineering works, created widespread chaos across the railway network by creating depot bottlenecks and staffing shortages of dispatchers and switchers which meant services could not run safely.
Millions of workers are avoiding travel and choosing to work from home until the new year after Network Rail warned services would be drastically reduced until January 8.
The next few weeks are like a new industrial strike calendar, with workers in many other industries including nurses, Border Force employees and postal workers.
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