Bank holidays are arguably some of the busiest times of year for travel, with many off work and planning to travel. Yet these weekends tend to be when additional travel disruption is put in place.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) announced that there will be a strike on Saturday the 5th of May on Great Anglia services – in the middle of the first bank holiday weekend of the month.
However the train service has said that they will still be running a full service during the strike by using contingency conductors. They have commented that conductors run 40% of Great Anglia services, with the remaining not needing a conductor.
Great Anglia’s Managing Director, Jamie Burles, stated:
“We are very disappointed that the RMT has announced further strikes. We’d like to reassure customers that we will be running a full service on this day, using our contingency conductors.”
Be aware if travelling this weekend that journey times will take longer due to other engineering works in place and train times are also likely to be affected. The bank holiday timetables will see changes as replacement bus services have been put in place in certain areas.
Further to this all lines will be closed between Shenfield, Southend Victoria and Southminster all day Saturday (5th May). However on Sunday and Monday (6th and 7th May) there will be a replacement bus service in use between these stops.
In light of this Great Angelia tickets will be accepted on the Central Line from Newbury Park to Liverpool Street on Sunday.
It is advised that all passengers should check their journey before they leave to plan ahead in case of difficulty.
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