Rail Strikes To Cause Half Term Havoc

Passengers are bracing for the first of three rail strikes this week as services in England come to a standstill amid a long-running dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the drivers’ union Aslef will embark on a 24-hour strike from today (may 31) The union also plans to strike on Saturday.

The rail strikes are set to cost hospitality £132 million in sales, bringing the cumulative impact of the strikes to £3.25 billion.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“The May half term normally represents a bumper week for hospitality, with typically sunny weather encouraging families to head out on activities, visits and staycations.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen time and time again that rail strikes put a significant dampener on any sales as visitors are deterred from booking visits or eating and drinking out. This time around that means families staying at home and football fans travelling to the capital for the FA Cup final disrupted.

“That disruption throughout the week will cost £132 million to the sector, bringing the total impact of the year-long strikes to an eye-watering £3.25 billion.

“It’s critical for the public, workers and businesses that there is a resolution in this dispute as soon as possible. I would urge all involved to get back round the negotiating table for constructive discussions to reach an agreement.”