Train strikes and traffic advisories plague summer getaways this weekend

Allow plenty of time if you have somewhere to be today… (Image: London News Pictures/Getty)

Summer breaks for travelers are off to a rocky start this weekend, with severe delays across the UK.

The AA has issued its first amber warning for traffic disruption, with queues already piling up at the Port of Dover.

Delays are expected to peak between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. today and tomorrow as all families rush to start their vacation.

Huge crowds have gathered near the Eurostar, where “staff are valiantly trying” to keep travelers calm.

Images of a busy Manchester airport were also shared this morning as people are urged to allow more time for their flights.

Train strikes also started this morning, after members of the Aslef drivers’ union walked out over wages.

Staff are asking for a salary increase to keep pace with rising inflation in the UK.

Unions have been accused of ‘prolonging’ negotiations, while the government, in turn, has been accused of ‘lying’ to the public.

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Traffic will worsen near the Port of Dover in Kent throughout the day (Image: Marcin Nowak/LNP)

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Passengers queue to check in at Manchester Airport Terminal 2 (Image: Ioannis Alexopoulos/LNP)

Today’s strike affects Arriva Rail London, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains.

There will also be no services on the London Overground network, and no Night Overground services on Saturday night and early Sunday.

North of the border, Scotrail has confirmed that services will not be affected.

Rail Delivery Group said the industrial action was timed to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the start of the new season for most English football league clubs.

Steve Montgomery, president of the Rail Delivery Group, said: ‘Millions of passengers will have their weekend plans disrupted, particularly those who are working, or going to the Commonwealth Games or the first football game of the season.

Empty tracks at Kings Cross railway station as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union take part in a new strike over jobs, wages and conditions.  Picture date: Wednesday July 27, 2022. PA Photo.  Pickets were being set up outside train stations when RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators went on strike.  Members of the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) will launch coordinated strikes on August 18 and 20, while the RMT announced a strike on the London Underground on August 19.  See PA Story INDUSTRY Rail.  Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Union leaders and transport bosses have clashed over the pay of train staff (Image: PA)

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More strikes are planned for the end of next month (Image: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock)

“While we will do our best to minimize disruptions, if you will be traveling on the affected routes, please plan ahead and check the latest travel advice.”

He added: “Further strikes will make our people lose their pocketbooks and mean less money to fund a wage increase, so we urge Aslef leaders to resume talks so we can come to an agreement that is fair to staff and workers.” taxpayers, and ensures a bright long-term future for our railway.’

But union leaders say the strikes are necessary to get fair wages for staff.

“Strikes are always the last resort,” explained Mick Whelan, Aslef’s general secretary.

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Taxi drivers patiently wait for passengers this morning (Image: Geoffrey Swaine/REX/Shutterstock)

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Cars were pictured queuing at the Port of Dover in Kent from 7am today (Image: Marcin Nowak/LNP)

“We don’t want to inconvenience passengers, our friends and family also use public transport, and we don’t want to lose money by going on strike, but the companies have forced us into this position, which they say they have been pushed into by the government. tory.

“Many of our members, who were the men and women who moved key workers and assets across the country during the pandemic, have not had a pay raise since 2019.”

And he added: ‘We want an increase in line with the cost of living, we want to be able to buy, in 2022, what we could buy in 2021.’

Aslef and the RMT plan more industrial actions next month in the deadlocked row over wages, jobs and conditions.

Mr. Montgomery extended an open invitation to union leaders to meet with him for “meaningful discussions” to resolve the dispute.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of watchdog Transport Focus, said: “It is crucial that talks continue to find a solution that prevents passengers from being continually drawn into this industrial dispute.”

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