In the UK, there will be no trains operating on Boxing Day after rail workers announced more strikes.
For thousands of people who are now needing to quickly arrange alternate plans, travel mayhem is to be anticipated.
Following the closure on Christmas Day, trains typically resume operations on December 26 at a slower pace.
Tomorrow, however, won’t witness hundreds of departures from stations; instead, the Rail, Maritime, and Transport Union (RMT) has called for yet another strike.
Between the Christmas holiday and January 8th, Network Rail has previously advised travellers to “only travel by rail if absolutely essential.”
On Boxing Day, trains to airports like the Heathrow Express and Stansted Express are often among the busiest services.
Therefore, individuals who just intended to spend a little amount of time for Christmas in the UK will need to find other means of transportation to the airport.
On Boxing Day, the AA anticipates that 15.2 million vehicles will be on the road, while the RAC anticipates long lines on the M25.
Sporting event attendees who want to travel will also have trouble getting to the stadiums and will add to the gridlock on the roadways.
‘Traffic is expected to increase around shopping centers as many people seek a bargain in the discounts, while football fans will travel to watch their teams,’ a spokeswoman for the AA said.
As individuals take their time following Christmas Day, there is potential for localized traffic congestion and more short journeys, but traffic should be spread out throughout the day.
Merseyrail, which typically operates a Boxing Day service throughout its network, ScotRail, which was scheduled to operate trains in Strathclyde, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, and Northern, which would have connected Liverpool and St Helens, are among the services that are unable to run as a result of the action.
Additionally, Southern Trains won’t be able to operate its trains between London Bridge, Brighton, and Croydon, which would cause delays in the city.
This month, a number of strikes, mostly over salary from various sectors, are part of the “winter of discontent.”
On December 23, the Royal Mail went on strike once again and ceased delivering mail and packages in favor of just special services.
The Communication Workers Union (CWU), which has 115,000 members, went on strike for its 17th day, at a cost to the company of more than £100 million.
It indicated that last-minute cards and gifts might not arrive in time for Christmas.
Despite having “well-developed contingency preparations,” the Royal Mail said it “cannot totally replace the daily efforts of its frontline workers.”
The Armed Forces have been deployed to airports, and Border Force employees are also on strike.
Passengers at Heathrow and Gatwick applauded the “excellent” soldiers for doing their duties with “record” efficiency today.
During the busiest Christmas in the last three years, almost 1,000 Border Force employees will go on strike for eight days.
At Heathrow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow, and Manchester airports as well as the port of Newhaven in East Sussex, the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, and civil officials have been requested to assist.