Travel Alerts

  • Southern Rail drivers announce three new strike dates for 24, 25 and 27 January

    Train drivers on Britain’s Southern rail commuter network have cut a planned six-day strike on one of London’s main commuter networks next week but added more stoppages later in January.

    Strikes next week will now take place on January 10, 11 and 13 after the ASLEF union reduced a walkout due to last from January 9 to 14, the latest action in a dispute over whose role it should be to open and close train doors.

    ASLEF said on Wednesday it had added new strike dates for January 24, 25 and 27, in a move which it said reflected the “longer-term view” it was taking of the dispute.

  • Southern Rail drivers reduce upcoming strike to three days starting on 10 January

    Train drivers on Britain’s Southern rail commuter network have cut a planned six-day strike on one of London’s main commuter networks next week to three days, the ASLEF union said on Wednesday.

    Strikes will now take place on January 10, 11 and 13 after ASLEF reduced the walkout which was due to last from January 9 to 14, the latest action in a long-running dispute over whose role it should be to open and close train doors.

    Southern train services connect Brighton and Gatwick Airport to London, and are run by GTR, a joint venture owned by London-listed Go-Ahead and France’s Keolis.

    The network has been hit by months of industrial action, with stoppages by ASLEF and the RMT, which represents conductors, causing Britain’s worst rail disruption for two decades in December.

  • London Underground workers confirm 24-hour walkout on 8-9 January

    Commuters should prepare for another Tube strike as rail union RMT confirmed its upcoming walk out will go ahead.

    The strikes will take place at all London Underground stations.

  • British Airways cabin crew announce 48-hour strike from 10 January

    British Airways cabin crew announce 48-hour strike from 10 January.

    British Airways cabin crew are to stage a 48-hour strike in a dispute over pay. Members of Unite will walk out on January 10, 2017, after rejecting a new pay offer for the so-called “mixed fleet” cabin crew, who have joined the airline in recent years.

    The union claims employees are being forced to “eke out a living on poverty pay.”

    British Airways said striking crew represent just 15 per cent of cabin staff and vowed to protect customers from the “unnecessary and completely unjustified action.”

    Cabin crew were due to walk out on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but the action was suspended after talks at the conciliation service Acas

  • U.K.: Update – Airport baggage handlers suspend strike planned for 23, 24 December

    U.K. airport baggage handlers have suspended their strike planned for 23 and 24 December, Unite union says.

  • British Airways Announces Strike Days

    Unite has announced that it intends to hold industrial action involving one of their five cabin crew fleets on Sunday 25 December and Monday 26 December 2016.

    British Airways is planning to operate all flights across the strike period.

    All flights to/from London Gatwick (LGW) and all flights operated by BA CityFlyer to/from London City (LCY) are not affected.

    They are currently reviewing their shorthaul services to/from London Heathrow.

  • Engineering work in Manchester area to disrupt train services from 18 December until 2 January

    Rail bosses have warned passengers to expect ‘pain’ around Christmas.

    As engineers prepare for a final push on the vital Ordsall Chord to link Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria, works will mean trouble for travellers.

    They are warning passengers to check before they travel between December 18 to January 2.

    Oxford Road and Deansgate stations will be closed on December 27 and 31 and again on January 1 and 2

    Northern Rail said there will be no trains between Liverpool and Manchester Airport with all services ending at Eccles.
    From December 27- 31 TransPennine won’t run services between Liverpool and Manchester Piccadilly, with coaches running the route instead.

    On January 1 there will be no services between Edinburgh and Manchester.

  • Southern rail management, unions to resume talks as 48-hour strike hits railway services for second day; another stoppage planned for 16 December

    London commuters faced a second day of travel chaos as the latest round of train strikes stopped services between London and the south coast in Britain’s worst rail disruption for two decades.

    Hundreds of thousands of commuters struggled to get to work on Wednesday as drivers working for Southern Rail began the second day of a 48-hour stoppage over a long-running dispute about whose job it should be to open and close the train doors.

    The opposing sides, Southern and the two unions, the RMT and Aslef, were due to meet for talks later in the day at the conciliation service Acas, ahead of further industrial action planned for Friday, next week and in January.

    Southern, run by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), a joint venture owned by London-listed Go-Ahead and France’s Keolis, told passengers not to try to travel during the strike.

  • Italy: Strikes to affect air travel on 15 December

    Flug.check24.de reported strikes will affect air travel in Italy on Thursday, 15 December.

    Ground staff at Milan airports have announced a four-hour strike from 11 am, local time.

    Some staff at Alitalia have also announced a 24-hour strike for the same day. The strike will run from 00:01 am, local time.

    Passengers are urged to check their travel itinerary and the status of their flight before departure.

  • British Airways crew vote for Heathrow strike

    British Airways cabin crew have voted overwhelmingly for strikes in a dispute over pay, the Unite union says.

    More than 2,000 workers were balloted about the action, which will take place at Heathrow Airport. It comes after cabin crew rejected a 2% pay rise offer.

    The action will begin after 21 December and Unite will meet in the coming days to finalise dates.

    It did not say whether the strike will affect travellers over Christmas.

    Tensions have been running high over pay and conditions at the airline.

    Some 79% of crew that took part in the ballot voted for action, Unite said, urging British Airways to return to the negotiating table.

    The dispute concerns about 4,000 staff who have joined the airline since 2010 on “Mixed Fleet” contracts, who do not feel they are paid enough. More than 2,000 of them are United members.

  • Eurostar axes 20 trains a week between London and Brussels

    Falling demand for travel between the British and Belgian capitals will see Channel Tunnel services slashed from January.

  • Repairs prompt four-hour closure of main runway at Mumbai airport on 18 October

    U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office reported on Thursday that on 18 October 2016, the main runway at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will close for four hours. The secondary runway is expected to remain open.

    Also, from 31 October to 28 November both runways will close every Monday and Thursday between noon and 5 p.m.

    All flights scheduled during these times are likely to be affected by delays and cancellations.


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