Ways to get to Glastonbury and major sporting events amid rail strike chaos

The rail strikes are set to cause chaos for thousands of commuters next week as workers protest against pay conditions.

Royal Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members are walking out next week and it has caused arguments in Westminster, as well as people worried about their commute for big events next week.

Around 50,000 workers are set to strike across Network Rail on the first day of the strikes. This means some trains will be running, but they will be at a limited capacity.

It is estimated a total of 4,500 services, compared with the usual 20,000, will be running across the strike days.

RMT members are striking due to "pay freezes, threats to jobs and attacks on their terms and conditions".

Those with tickets already who have been affected by strikes can expect a refund, according to the Rail Delivery Group

When are the rail strikes?

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The rail strikes by the RMT will be on June 21, 23 and 25,

The Aslef strikes in Greater Anglia will be on June 23, Hull Trains on June 26 and Croydon Tramlink will be on June 28, 29 and July 13 and 14.

London Underground strikes are scheduled for June 21.

Train services that are running will be on between 7.30am and 6:30pm.

Where are the rail strikes?

Rail strikes are country-wide, so you can expect to be affected by strikes near you.

The following lines will be affected:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains

What events will be affected by the rail strikes?

Major events like Glastonbury in the South West will be affected by the rail strikes, as will those hoping to watch the cricket at Headingly.

The strikes have a knock-on effect as people choose alternative forms of transport, making buses busier and roads more chocka thanks to more cars on the road. It means alternative routes can be difficult to follow.

For Glastonbury, people are being advised to get to Bristol if they can and take a direct shuttle bus, while there are also National Express coaches that vary in terms of space and price, depending on where you are travelling from.

Some are even being encouraged to cycle to Glastonbury.

Those travelling to Headingley for the third England vs New Zealand test match should note that Arriva buses are also cancelled. Disruption is also expected on non-strike days.

The British Athletics Championships in is also in Manchester between June 24 and 26, while Elton John and the Rolling Stones play on June 24 and 25 respectively.

People will also be coming back from the Isle of Wight festival next week, though the Island Line voted against strike action.

Those going to these events should check alternative routes first and make other travel arrangements.

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