Train strikes: Glastonbury revellers arrive at festival two days early to dodge rail chaos

Lots of of Glastonbury festivalgoers have arrived on the website’s Somerset location two days early, in a bid to dodge the rail chaos attributable to this week’s three-day practice strike.

The nationwide walk-out of some 40,000 rail employees – together with signallers, monitor upkeep employees and guards – has worn out massive chunks of the UK’s rail community, with round 80 per cent of trains not working throughout strike days.

A trickle of early-bird revellers had been photographed arriving at Citadel Cary station in Somerset – the entry level for rail travellers to the occasion – on Monday, regardless of the opening day of the pageant being Wednesday.

Rail providers ran as regular on Monday, however Tuesday, Thursday and Friday are a special image, with round half of trains to the realm anticipated to be cancelled because of the strikes.

GWR, which runs trains out of London into Somerset, and from the Cornwall and Devon coast up in direction of the pageant website, is planning to run solely 5 providers out in direction of Citadel Cary on Thursday.

Solely 24 providers are anticipated to run to the occasion from London between Wednesday and Friday.

Main congestion can be anticipated on the roads throughout the southwest of England in the course of the latter half of the week, as many festivalgoers try and get across the rail disruption by travelling by automobile or bus.

Though there are solely three official strike days this week – 21, 23 and 25 June – Community Rail has warned passengers to anticipate disruption on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday as a result of knock-on results from the economic motion.

Many festivalgoers have waited two years to attend Glastonbury, after the occasion was postponed as a result of Covid in 2020 and cancelled for a similar motive in 2021. Tickets rolled over to the next 12 months for many of those that booked.

London-based Glastonbury followers hoping to depart early for the pageant may also be affected by right this moment’s tube strike, with commuters being warned to keep away from journey on the TfL community.

It’s thought some travellers to Citadel Cary additionally arrived early for right this moment’s summer season solstice, for which there are occasions deliberate at Glastonbury Tor.

A GWR spokesperson mentioned: “We plan to take care of timetabled trains between Citadel Cary and London Paddington all through the course of the Glastonbury Pageant.

“Some providers is perhaps topic to alterations to coach instances and we’ll keep in touch with prospects who’ve already booked seats on board these trains.

“Different components of the GWR community are prone to be extra affected by the strike motion and prospects may have to think about other ways to journey to a station serving Citadel Cary.”

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