UK rail strikes disrupt Eurovision

Rail strikes by ASLEF (the train drivers’ union) and RMT (the hauliers’ union) are causing significant disruption to Northern services in the UK.

Photograph: Jane Barlow/P

Rail strikes, signifiant impact

Tricia Williams, director of operations at Northern, said: ‘It is disappointing to see the return of industrial action on Network Rail. “While all strikes disrupt someone, in this case they will have a significant impact on people travelling on our network to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool. “Given the context in which the UK is hosting this international event – on behalf of the Ukrainian people – this is particularly unfortunate.”

A new ASLEF action, known as “no strike action”, will take place for five consecutive days from Monday 15 to Friday 20 May. On these dates, customers are advised to “check before they travel” as early morning and late evening services may be affected. ASLEF members will also take to the streets on Wednesday 31 May and Saturday 3 June when there will be no services in Northern. This month’s strike action comes before Northern introduces its new summer timetable on Sunday 21 May. Customers making regular journeys with the same train times are advised to check before travelling as some services may be changed.

The Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Liverpool from 9-13 May 2023.

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