NO trains tomorrow as rail union calls Boxing Day strike

NO trains tomorrow as rail union calls Boxing Day strike forcing thousands to make alternative plans… after forcing millions onto roads for Xmas getaway

  • There will be no trains running in the UK on Boxing Day after new strike called
  • Traffic is expected to be poor after the RMT union called for industrial action
  • Trains would normally start running again on December 26 at a reduced rate

There will be no trains running on Boxing Day anywhere in the UK after more strikes have been called by rail workers.

Travel chaos is expected for thousands who are now forced to find alternative plans at short notice.

Trains usually start running again on December 26 at a reduced rate after the Christmas Day shutdown.

But instead of stations seeing hundreds of departures tomorrow, they will be empty after the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) called for another walkout.

The UK is set for more travel chaos tomorrow as there are no trains set to run due to more strikes

Traffic is predicted to be particularly bad tomorrow due to the lack of rail services available (pictured the M25)

Network Rail had already told passengers to ‘only travel by train if absolutely necessary’ between the Christmas period to 8 January.

Trains going to airports like the Heathrow Express and Stansted Express are usually among the most popular services on Boxing Day.

Meaning those who had only planned a short Christmas stay in the UK will be forced to find other ways of getting to the airport.

The AA estimates that around 15.2 million cars are expected to be on the road on Boxing Day, while the RAC predicts the M25 will be a hotspot for queues.

Fans looking to travel for sporting events will also face issues getting to stadiums and will contribute to the traffic on the roads.

Football fans looking to travel to games will now likely have to travel by car tomorrow

A spokesman for the AA 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.’

Services unable to run due to the action includes Merseyrail, which usually runs a regular Boxing Day service across its network, ScotRail, which was due to operate trains in Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and Northern, which would have connected Liverpool and St Helens.

It will also bring disruption to the capital with Southern Trains unable to run its services between London Bridge, Brighton and Croydon.

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