Rail strike: passengers told to avoid trains and allow extra time to get to airports

Gatwick evacuated
By Linsey McNeill
18/08/2022
Home » Rail strike: passengers told to avoid trains and allow extra time to get to airports

Passengers flying from UK airports over the next few days have been told to avoid trains because of strike action.

Rail workers will stage 24-hour walkouts today and on Saturday, with problems also expected on Friday and Sunday because of knock-on effects of the dispute.

The strike action is affecting Thameslink, Gatwick Express and Southern services to Gatwick, as well as rail services to other airports.

Stansted Express passengers have also been warned of major disruption

The rail issues come a day after rain caused widespread disruption to Gatwick flights.

Dozens of flights were cancelled and scores were delayed due to the stormy weather.

The airport said the disruption was caused by air traffic control restrictions in place across the south of England due to the poor weather conditions.

Meanwhile, local reports say a crash on the M23 near Gatwick is causing queues on Thursday morning.

National Highways reports one lane between J8 and J9, the turning for Gatwick, remains closed and there is a 20 minute delay on approach with 3.5 miles of congestion.

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