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Glastonbury travel to be disrupted by nationwide train strikes

People travelling to the festival site on 21st, 23rd and 25th June may face some disruption

Glastonbury travel to be disrupted by nationwide train strikes

People heading to Glastonbury festival later this month may have to reschedule their travel plans following the news that rail strikes will go ahead across three days this month.

The RMT union announced this week that "over 50,000 railway workers will walkout as part of three days of national strike action later this month, in the biggest dispute on the network since 1989".

The strike is scheduled to take place on 21st, 23rd and 25th June. This means that those travelling to Glastonbury, with the event taking place from 22nd-26th June, will likely face some disruption if they intend on using public transport.

Speaking out about why the strike action had been called, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "Railway workers have been treated appallingly and despite our best efforts in negotiations, the rail industry with the support of the government has failed to take their concerns seriously.

"We have a cost-of-living crisis, and it is unacceptable for railway workers to either lose their jobs or face another year of a pay freeze when inflation is at 11.1% and rising. Our union will now embark on a sustained campaign of industrial action which will shut down the railway system.

"Rail companies are making at least £500m a year in profits, whilst fat cat rail bosses have been paid millions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This unfairness is fuelling our members' anger and their determination to win a fair settlement."

Responding to the strike action, Andrew Haines, of Network Rail, said: "There are two weeks until the first strike is planned. We will use this time to keep talking to our unions and, through compromise and common sense on both sides, we hope to find a solution and avoid the damage that strike action would cause all involved."

Set-times for this year's Glastonbury were revealed last month, following the line-up announcement of various areas of the festival site such as Silver Hayes and Block9. The Pyramid Stage at this year's festival will be headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Billie Eilish and Paul McCartney.