Live updates on rail disruption across UK amid strikes and staff shortages

Live updates on rail disruption across UK amid strikes and staff shortages
Last day of 2021 is expected to be one of the most chaotic of the year for rail passengers

Train operators are cancelling hundreds of services due to staff absences as the Omicron variant sweeps across the the UK.

Many passengers hoping to travel for the new year can expect disruption thanks to the staffing issues, as well as a strike by employees of one of the main inter-city train companies.

One of the main operators affected is CrossCountry, which serves Scotland, northern England, the Midlands and the south coast.

The union says it is taking industrial action because of what it calls “a systematic attempt by CrossCountry to undermine the role of the senior conductors and train managers by drafting in other staff to do their jobs.”

But East Midlands Railway, LNER, TransPennine Express, 次の西海岸, Northern and GWR are also cancelling various services.

他の旅行ニュースで, Germany is set to lift its ban on UK visitors from Tuesday, with fully vaccinated travellers able to swerve quarantine.

Follow all the latest travel updates below:


Greenland to open up in 2022

While travel restrictions continue to entangle the world, some airlines are looking ahead. According to the Belgian website, Icelandair is planning to launch a link from Iceland to Narsarsuaq, southern Greenland, から 1 4月 2022.

The service will use a 76-seat Dash 8-400 propeller jet. The airline has yet to decide whether it will operate from the city-centre Reykjavik airport or Keflavik, the main international hub where all British flights arrive.

The link will offer a cheaper option to reach the vast country for UK visitors – most of whom use the Air Greenland link from Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq.

<p>A village on the Greenland coast</p>

A village on the Greenland coast

サイモン・カルダー31 12月 2021 14:44

Amtrak cancels US train services due to Omicron spread

The US rail operator Amtrak has cut back its schedule between New Year’s Eve and 6 January due to staff absences amid a spike of Covid-19 cases among employees, インクルード ワシントンポスト 報告しています.

周り 24 trains will be affected, according to the operator – 周り 1.5 per cent of their total services.

“Amtrak regrets any inconvenience,」彼らは声明で言った.

“We are continuing to monitor changing conditions and will make any further adjustments as required.”

ルーシーサックレイ31 12月 2021 13:48

Simon Calder’s message to leaders: ‘You can’t ban your way out of trouble

として オミクロン variant of coronavirus causes record numbers of infections in many nations, the travel correspondent of 独立者 has called for governments to ease international restrictions.

書き込み his final newsletter of 2021, Simon Calder points out that France is recording two new cases of Covid-19 every second – yet “still pretends that the UK is the problem」.

その間, he writes: “Britain (one million positive tests in the past week) 持ち込まれた a preposterously complex and expensive testing regime in a futile bid to keep Omicron at bay.

“Despite their manifest failures, the rules remain stubbornly in place on the obstacle course formerly known as travelling abroad.”

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ルーシーサックレイ31 12月 2021 13:21

Cruise ships unsafe as Omicron surges, CDCは言います

ザ・ US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised travellers not to board cruise ships, ワクチン接種を受けているかどうか.

In a change to its guidance on Thursday, CDC officials moved cruise ship travel to its highest-risk list, Level 4, 言って: “Avoid cruise travel, regardless of vaccination status.”

This is a blow for the cruise industry, which only began voyages in July after over a year of shutdown and major financial losses.

Most cruise lines that are operating insist on full vaccination for adult passengers and mask wearing onboard.

しかしながら, several recent high-profile outbreaks have raised concerns about the possibilities of transmission on cruise liners.


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ルーシーサックレイ31 12月 2021 12:28

New Year flight disruption

より多い 1,000 flights to, from and within the US have been cancelled today as airlines battle with rising Covid cases among pilots and cabin crew.

According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, United has cancelled 204 flights while jetBlue has grounded 144.

New York-based JetBlue has cancelled almost 100 flights each day for the next fortnight in response to staff sickness.

Meanwhile passengers on two British Airways long-haul flights due at London Heathrow on New Year’s Eve have been delayed due to technical problems.

BA106 from Dubai was due in at 5.45am but is running 36 hours late.

BA272 from San Diego in California, due in at 1pm, has been cancelled.

ブリティッシュ・エアウェイズのスポークスマンは言った: “We’ve been in contact with customers to apologise for the delays to their journey and have offered alternative options.”

独立者 understands that most passengers have been booked on other flights. Those who arrive over four hours late are entitled to £520 each in compensation.

<p>A US departures board</p>

A US departures board

サイモン・カルダー31 12月 2021 12:00

Simon Calder answers your travel questions – 1pm today

Confused about where you できる travel to in Europe at the moment? Worried about last-minute rule changes affecting your holiday?

Whatever your travel dilemma, 独立者’s expert Simon Calder will be on hand to answer all your latest travel questions in an ‘Ask me Anything’ event later today (金曜日, 31 12月). He will be answering live in the comments section below between 1pm and 2pm.

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Travel expert Simon Calder to answer your latest questions live

Our travel correspondent will be on hand to answer all the latest travel queries on the last day of 2021

ルーシーサックレイ31 12月 2021 11:27

Ferry disruption in Scotland due to Omicron

The current rate of coronavirus infections in Scotland is running at one new case every five seconds.

結果として, many transport services are severely affected. Caledonian MacBrayne says ferry cancellations at short notice are possible on some routes “due to a number of crew members awaiting Covid test results”.

The ferry from Wemyss Bay, west of Glasgow, to Rothesay on the isle of Bute has been running all week with one ship, not two, after a crew member tested positive.

その間, the Lord of the Isles ship that would normally be sailing between the mainland and Lochboisdale in South Uist is currently being deep cleaned in Oban, with all New Year’s Eve services cancelled.

Northlink is operating to plan between the mainland, Orkney and Shetland. But ahead of Hogmanay most ships are in port and will be staying there until Sunday.

<p>A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry</p>

A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry

サイモン・カルダー31 12月 2021 11:08

Which regions are affected by train cancellations?

Rail passengers between Scotland and England are experiencing widespread problems.

CrossCountry has cancelled most of its trains due to a strike by members of the RMT union in a dispute over the role of guards.

The train operator says “We will only be able to run a very limited timetable” and is advising passengers to avoid travel today if they can. A skeleton service is operating between Edinburgh and Plymouth.

On other operators, there are multiple short-notice cancellations and curtailments. The Avanti West Coast train from Edinburgh Waverley due to arrive at London Euston at 12.36pm left the Scottish capital late after waiting for crew, and is running no further than Wolverhampton. TransPennine Express is cancelling or curtailing dozens of trains, including some between Manchester airport and Glasgow.

LNER, the main operator on the East Coast main line from Scotland to London King’s Cross via northeast England and Yorkshire is running closely to schedule – though it warns: “Further short-notice cancellations and amendments to services are likely throughout the day.”


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サイモン・カルダー31 12月 2021 10:48


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ルーシーサックレイ31 12月 2021 10:44