RMT Christmas Rail Strikes: How to get from Brighton to London

With travel chaos forecast for Christmas Eve and beyond, let’s look at how you can get to London for the holiday season.

The strikes come amid ongoing disagreements over pay and working conditions and are expected to cause disruption for people across Brighton and Sussex.

Tom Bourlet, who works for a Brighton-based party planning company, said his family’s Christmas plans had to be postponed this year due to the strikes.

He said: “I always party with my dad the weekend before Christmas but this weekend there are strikes so I had to book days off during the week.

“I had also booked a train for the 24th but I have now requested a refund.

“If they were hoping for public support, I think they’ve certainly lost all credibility, I’m just angry and frustrated with them.”

The Argus: Railway workers have been on strike since June of this year.Railway workers have been on strike since June this year.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will pull out between December 24-27, bringing the rail network to a standstill as thousands travel across the country to see family and friends over the holiday season.

This is in addition to the existing strikes on December 13th and 14th, December 16th and 17th and in the new year between January 3rd and 4th and January 6th and 7th.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ program that he and his members “regret” the inconvenience caused by the work stoppages, but insists the government is to blame.

The Argus: Thousands of travelers are feared not making it home in time for ChristmasThousands of travelers are feared not making it home in time for Christmas

Transport Minister Baroness Vere said the RMT’s announcement of further strikes was “deeply unhelpful”.

She said: “I just find it terribly disappointing.

“They couldn’t have picked worse days. You can imagine why they did that.

“I really hope we can find a solution as this will upset so many people.”

Tim Shoveller, Network Rail’s chief negotiator, said the RMT was: “Play fast and loose with people’s Christmas plans.

“The announced new strike dates deliberately target important engineering work to improve the railway.”

Trains

Thousands of Christmas travelers have had their plans upended by recent developments.

Some people now worry they might not be able to take the train to visit family and are resorting to other options instead.

It is currently not known exactly what train traffic will look like during the strike period.

Southern Railway has said it is “working closely with the broader rail industry” to determine how the strike action will affect timetables.

On strike days, the operator expects greatly reduced services.

Trainer

National Express operates a regular service to London from Pool Valley Coach Station in Brighton to London Victoria Coach Station.

However, this usually takes around three hours and 25 minutes, compared to the 1 hour and 20 minutes of the train journey.

taxi

The Argus spoke to Brighton taxi companies to find out how much a taxi would cost between Brighton and London’s Victoria Station.

City Cabs Brighton offered the ride for two for £177.

That is more than nine times as expensive as the same journey by bus.

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