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Commuter beats rail strikes chaos with KAYAK as millions face another day of misery on train network

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As commuters face one more day of delays amid rail strike chaos, one man has discovered a novel solution to get to work and keep away from crowded stations on the identical time – by kayaking down the river. 

George Bullard paddles down the River Lugg on his £74 blow up watercraft to get to his workplace in Presteigne, mid Wales, that means he not has to fret in regards to the rising price of gasoline or ongoing rail strikes. 

A eager kayaker, the 33-year-old tenting agency director estimates that his savvy commute has saved him 1000’s.  

‘It’s an distinctive solution to get to work,’ he mentioned. ‘I paddle in and again like every regular commuter and since the kayak is blow-up I can simply deflate it and put it in my backpack though it is a stretch to say I mix in. 

George Bullard paddles down the River Lugg on his £74 blow up watercraft to get to his office in Presteigne, mid Wales

George Bullard paddles down the River Lugg on his £74 blow up watercraft to get to his workplace in Presteigne, mid Wales

‘It price me £74, and I reckon it has saved me 1000’s.

‘I commute fully otherwise as a result of adventures are a part of my life.’ 

George has beforehand kayaked throughout the North Atlantic from Greenland to Scotland and warns that it takes a whole lot of expertise to commute through kayak.   

‘I kayaked throughout the North Atlantic Ocean and after I got here again, I wasn’t fairly prepared to return to a standard 9-5 job,’ he mentioned. 

‘Sometimes the climate is not nice however I assume that is half and parcel of being an adventurer. Typically attending to work and getting moist might be empowering. 

‘It’s good to not have to fret about being caught in site visitors and if I used to be in a automotive it could price me a fortune. 

‘It does take a whole lot of expertise to have the ability to do that. The river is exceptionally harmful and should not be entered and not using a certified teacher.  

‘I’d encourage everybody to search out totally different technique of commuting to work and ditch the general public transport and automobiles.

‘Whether or not or not it’s strolling, biking, rollerskating or scootering, it’s so good to your psychological, bodily, emotional and religious wellbeing.

The 33-year-old spent £74 on the blow up watercraft and estimates that his savvy thinking has saved him thousands

The 33-year-old spent £74 on the blow up watercraft and estimates that his savvy pondering has saved him 1000’s 

It isn’t the primary time strikes have pushed commuters to take to the waves in a bid to get to work on time. 

Sir Alex Allan windsurfed down the River Thames to Parliament wearing a pinstripe swimsuit and bowler hat, carrying a briefcase and brolly, with a purpose to get round a practice strike within the Eighties.

The stunt ended with him falling into the water. Sir Alex, then working on the Treasury, dreamt up the weird means of commuting from his house in Putney, south-west London, with a neighbour who was a information photographer.

The pictures appeared within the Night Commonplace beneath the headline ‘Making it to work… a Treasury wet’. 

Information of George’s novel method to beating commuting instances comes as thousands and thousands face chaos after the largest rail strike in a era started earlier this week. 

An estimated 50,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Community Rail and 13 different practice operators are hanging over the course of three-days over pay. 

This morning, London’s busiest Tube stations had been nonetheless closed at 8am.  

Enormous queues fashioned exterior seven Underground stations which had been shuttered as late as 9.30am due to a scarcity of workers, whereas tempers flared at Paddington, Stratford, King’s Cross/St Pancras and greater than a dozen different websites in all corners of the capital, MailOnline can reveal.

Many commuters tweeted TfL demanding to know why their native stations had been open at 8am as promised. Others posted footage of empty Tube trains with no drivers. Those that managed to get onto trains discovered companies had been few and much between – and rammed.

George's journey echoed that of Sir Alex Allan in the 1980s, who made a splash when he windsurfed down the River Thames to Parliament dressed in a pinstripe suit and bowler hat, carrying a briefcase and brolly, to beat a train strike

George’s journey echoed that of Sir Alex Allan within the Eighties, who made a splash when he windsurfed down the River Thames to Parliament wearing a pinstripe swimsuit and bowler hat, carrying a briefcase and brolly, to beat a practice strike

KING'S CROSS: Passengers arrive at King's Cross station in London today on the second day of travel chaos

KING’S CROSS: Passengers arrive at King’s Cross station in London immediately on the second day of journey chaos

STRATFORD: Chaos as passengers wait for the station to open in London, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union along with London Underground workers in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and conditions

STRATFORD: Chaos as passengers look ahead to the station to open in London, as practice companies proceed to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union together with London Underground staff in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and circumstances

Wednesday June 22: How trains and Tubes are being hit immediately

RAILWAYS

What number of trains will run on Wednesday?

Regardless of being no strike immediately, solely round 60% of the 20,000 regular weekday companies will be capable to function.

Why are timetables not returning to regular if there isn’t a strike on Wednesday?

Walkouts by signallers and management room workers who would often work in a single day from Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning means trains will depart depots later than regular, delaying the beginning of companies.

How rapidly will companies ramp up?

In London, companies will improve rapidly as trains should not have to journey lengthy distances from depots to stations.

It can take a number of hours in distant areas. 

Will companies finally return to regular on Wednesday?

No. Community Rail mentioned that ‘even throughout the day the service will keep thinner’ than ordinary and a few operators will wind down companies barely sooner than regular.

What different issues are there on the UK rail community this morning?

• Woking (South Western Railway) – factors failure

• Tunbridge Wells and Hastings (Southeastern) – signalling fault

• London Liverpool Road and Tottenham Hale / Chingford (Larger Anglia; London Overground; Stansted Specific) – lineside fireplace

• Slough and Windsor & Eton Central (Nice Western Railway) – broken-down practice

• Shoeburyness and Fenchurch Road (c2c) – overcrowding

• Harrow & Wealdstone and Wembley Central (London Overground) – strike motion

• Richmond and Stratford (London Overground) – scarcity of signalling workers

• Blackburn and Todmorden / Hebden Bridge (Northern) – lineside fireplace, buses change trains

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Passengers are being advised to not count on a ‘regular service’ till mid-morning, with most tube strains shut till 8am as a result of transport workers – together with signallers and management room officers – didn’t work their in a single day shifts. 

This morning the strains are: 

• Bakerloo: Minor delays

• Central: Good service

• Circle: Extreme delays

• District: Extreme delays

• Hammersmith & Metropolis: Extreme delays

• Jubilee: Extreme delays

• Metropolitan: Extreme delays

• Northern: Good service

• Piccadilly: Extreme delays

• Victoria: Good service

• Waterloo & Metropolis: Good service

• DLR: Good service

After a skeleton service yesterday, trains are within the improper place and solely 60 per cent of the 20,000 regular weekday companies will be capable to function immediately. 

Site visitors was as heavy as yesterday as a result of extra folks had to make use of their automobiles. There have been 2,046 site visitors jams in London this morning, protecting a complete size of 834 miles, and a 30-minute journey was taking a mean of an hour, based on site visitors knowledge analyst TomTom.

The most important strikes in 30 years have additionally pressured thousands and thousands of individuals to WFH once more for the second day in a row as RMT basic secretary Mick Lynch makes an attempt to carry Britain to its knees. 

Eerie pictures yesterday confirmed abandoned city and metropolis centres throughout the nation, in scenes paying homage to the ‘darkest days of Covid’ when entire swathes of the economic system had been devastated by lockdown. 

The strikes have come at a dreadful time for the crippled hospitality sector, which has been struggling to get again on its toes after two years of Covid restrictions. Specialists imagine the mass walkouts this week will price the sector £540million alone, whereas UKHospitality’s chief government Kate Nicholls yesterday warned: ‘It is a very fragile business that can’t stand up to this sort of financial shock. For a lot of companies, it will push them nearer in the direction of the sting of viability.’ 

In the meantime, the human price of the strikes was laid naked after an NHS affected person needed to pay £165 for taxi from Portsmouth to London to get to his coronary heart surgical procedure, as trains and Tube companies had been disrupted for a second day.

And in a transfer that might unleash but extra chaos for commuters, sufferers and college students, Uber drivers have additionally threatened to affix the mass walkouts.  

It follows claims that Nationwide Rail and Lynch got here inside a ‘gnat’s whisker’ of hanging a deal on Monday earlier than the last-ditch talks collapsed.

Nonetheless, there are already indicators that rail corporations are starting to bow to the calls for of union barons, after Labour-controlled Merseyrail introduced immediately that it had agreed a 7 per cent pay rise with the Transport Salaried Staffs Affiliation (TSSA).

The contemporary improvement is more likely to pile stress on Keir Starmer, who was accused of ‘hiding’ throughout yesterday’s strikes and whose authority is in tatters after a number of Labour MPs defied the social gathering whips and joined rail staff on the picket line. 

At Prime Minister’s Questions immediately, Boris Johnson accused Labour of backing strikers not ‘strivers’, including: ‘We all know why he [Sir Keir] will not condemn the strikes, we all know why even now he hasn’t received the gumption to name out his MPs for going out to help the pickets. The explanation his authority is on the road on this matter is that they take £10million… that is the price the realized gentleman reverse is receiving for the case he’s failing to make.’

It comes because the Authorities braces for a standoff with the unions that might final till Christmas as lecturers, council staff and NHS workers additionally threaten to strike over pay. 

As we speak is a 24-hour partial reprieve till the strikes resume tomorrow and once more on Saturday. Whereas the railway community is supposed to be operational, commuters have been hit for the second day operating.

The RMT will meet with Nationwide Rail and the practice corporations immediately in one other try to interrupt the impasse.

RMT basic secretary Mick Lynch mentioned the turnout at picket strains on Tuesday was ‘unbelievable’ and had exceeded expectations within the union’s marketing campaign for job safety, defending circumstances and a good pay rise

‘Our members will proceed the marketing campaign and have proven excellent unity within the pursuit of a settlement to this dispute,’ he mentioned. 

‘RMT members are main the way in which for all staff on this nation who’re sick and bored with having their pay and circumstances slashed by a mix of huge enterprise earnings and Authorities coverage.

‘Now’s the time to face up and struggle for each single railway employee on this dispute that we are going to win.’

A Division for Transport spokesperson mentioned: ‘These are desperately wanted reforms that modernise the railway and put it on a sustainable footing for passengers and taxpayers.

‘Unions have shut down huge components of the rail community, hitting native companies and unfairly reducing folks off from hospitals, colleges and work.

PADDINGTON STATION: Passengers arrive at Paddington Station in London today as Mick Lynch's strikes paralyse Britain

PADDINGTON STATION: Passengers arrive at Paddington Station in London immediately as Mick Lynch’s strikes paralyse Britain

NORTH LONDON: Tube trains stand at Northfields Train Depot as train strikes hit services again

NORTH LONDON: Tube trains stand at Northfields Prepare Depot as practice strikes hit companies once more

BIRMINGHAM: West Midlands Railway trains parked up and unused in Smethwick today

BIRMINGHAM: West Midlands Railway trains parked up and unused in Smethwick immediately

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: Busy platforms after the strike yesterday, with disruption to continue for six days

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: Busy platforms after the strike yesterday, with disruption to proceed for six days

‘Nonetheless, early knowledge exhibits that in contrast to previously, many individuals now have the chance to work at home, so we’ve not even a rush to the roads, as site visitors has as an alternative gone on-line, which implies the unions aren’t having the general influence they could have hoped.’

In the meantime, Well being Secretary Sajid Javid has branded the railway staff’ strikes as ‘unjustified’.

Talking at a go to to St George’s Hospital on Wednesday, he mentioned: ‘Nicely, I feel, and I hope really that the rail staff are fairly distinctive in how they’ve responded to increased inflation as a result of I feel their strike is simply simply fully unjustified.

Talking at a go to to St George’s Hospital on Wednesday, he mentioned: ‘Nicely, I feel, and I hope really that the rail staff are fairly distinctive in how they’ve responded to increased inflation as a result of I feel their strike is simply simply fully unjustified.

‘It’s proper that we glance to modernise our rail companies, it’s proper we consider maybe the long term impacts of the pandemic with the altering patterns of the way in which folks work.

‘I feel folks recognise additionally that throughout the pandemic, the Authorities put in billions of kilos, I feel, some £16billion of additional help for the rail business. That is one thing like £600 per household within the UK. However that may’t be continued.

‘We have to recognise this and make a modifications and assume this strike is unjustified and it is hurting lots of people, notably folks attempting to get to hospital for his or her appointments and in addition you’ve got NHS workers attempting to get to the hospitals to assist them.’

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab mentioned the Authorities needed to ‘maintain the road’ towards the RMT’s calls for for improved pay and circumstances on the railways.

The Justice Secretary mentioned the strikes had been ‘deeply regrettable’ and reform was obligatory on the railways.

He advised LBC Radio: ‘We have, after all, received to reform the way in which the railways function, given the brand new methods to engaged on the impact that has on commuter journey. However there are additionally previous practices, which frankly, are effectively old-fashioned and pointless, which must be reformed.’

The RMT Union (pictured RMT boss Mick Lynch) and railway bosses are expected to hold fresh talks today to try and resolve the ongoing dispute - but it is understood to be too late to stop widespread disruption tomorrow

The RMT Union (pictured RMT boss Mick Lynch) and railway bosses are anticipated to carry contemporary talks immediately to try to resolve the continuing dispute – however it’s understood to be too late to cease widespread disruption tomorrow

MARBLE ARCH: Tube stations across the capital are closed this morning, with passengers being told not to expect a 'normal service' until mid-morning

MARBLE ARCH: Tube stations throughout the capital are closed this morning, with passengers being advised to not count on a ‘regular service’ till mid-morning

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: Commuters force themselves on to buses as they try to get to work in a strike week

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: Commuters drive themselves on to buses as they attempt to get to work in a strike week

KINGSTON: The rammed A3 into London as commuters faced disruption and warm temperatures

KINGSTON: The rammed A3 into London as commuters confronted disruption and heat temperatures

SOUTH LONDON: A sole train heads towards Waterloo on a day where commuters were warned that it would be 'messy' for them today

SOUTH LONDON: A sole practice heads in the direction of Waterloo on a day the place commuters had been warned that it could be ‘messy’ for them immediately

He added: ‘I feel Community Rail are taking the suitable method. We all know that the price of dwelling problem is there, we all know that it impacts staff throughout the board.

‘However the one factor that may hold inflation increased for longer and undermine pay packets for longer is that if we now have spiralling public sector pay will increase past what’s accountable. And that is what’s at situation right here.

‘It’s exactly to guard the wages of these on the bottom incomes that we have to maintain the road.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the general public on discover for additional strike motion as Downing Road mentioned it could ‘not give in’ to calls for from the rail unions.

Mr Johnson warned commuters they have to be able to ‘keep the course’ and urged rail bosses and unions to agree on a modernisation package deal to safeguard the way forward for the business.

Fears of a wider basic strike are rising. 

Lecturers’ unions are actually warning workers will likely be urged to strike within the autumn if they are not given an ‘inflation plus’ pay rise.

The Nationwide Schooling Union (NEU) mentioned pay cuts and excessive workload had been hitting instructor recruitment and retention, inflicting ‘actual injury’ to training.

It criticised the Authorities’s proof to the Faculty Lecturers’ Overview Physique proposing a 3% pay improve for many lecturers in England, which it mentioned would imply a ‘big’ pay minimize on the idea of Wednesday’s inflation figures of 9.1% on the CPI measure and 11.7% for RPI.

In a letter to Schooling Secretary Nadhim Zahawi, the union known as for a completely funded inflation-plus pay improve for all lecturers, in addition to motion on pay for different workers similar to help staff, in addition to measures to scale back workloads.

The minister was advised that instructor pay has fallen by a fifth in actual phrases since 2010, even earlier than this 12 months’s will increase in inflation, whereas their workload stays at ‘unsustainable’ ranges.

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: One of the UK's busiest stations was deserted this morning as train services slowly fire up

CLAPHAM JUNCTION: One of many UK’s busiest stations was abandoned this morning as practice companies slowly fireplace up

EUSTON: Passengers wait for the first trains at around 7am this morning as disruption from yesterday's strikes continue today

EUSTON: Passengers look ahead to the primary trains at round 7am this morning as disruption from yesterday’s strikes proceed immediately

Red line: Labour MPs at London¿s Victoria station yesterday, from left: 1. Beth Winter (Cynon Valley), 2. Kim Johnson (Liverpool Riverside), 3. Rachael Maskell (York Central), 4. Ian Mearns (Gateshead), 5. Richard Burgon (Leeds East), 6. Zarah Sultana (Coventry South), 7. Ian Byrne (Liverpool West Derby), 8. Rebecca Long-Bailey (Salford and Eccles), 9. Dan Carden (Liverpool Walton), 10. Paula Barker (Liverpool Wavertree)

Purple line: Labour MPs at London’s Victoria station yesterday, from left: 1. Beth Winter (Cynon Valley), 2. Kim Johnson (Liverpool Riverside), 3. Rachael Maskell (York Central), 4. Ian Mearns (Gateshead), 5. Richard Burgon (Leeds East), 6. Zarah Sultana (Coventry South), 7. Ian Byrne (Liverpool West Derby), 8. Rebecca Lengthy-Bailey (Salford and Eccles), 9. Dan Carden (Liverpool Walton), 10. Paula Barker (Liverpool Wavertree)

It comes as Royal Mail staff have demanded a ‘no strings, inflation-based’ pay rise as they put together to vote on industrial motion. 

‘We now have additional talks on change with CWU this week. We hope it will finally result in an settlement on the modifications required to make sure Royal Mail can develop and stay aggressive in a fast-moving business, securing jobs for the long run and retaining our place because the business chief on pay and phrases and circumstances.

‘We worth the work we do with CWU and stay dedicated to agreeing a deal for tomorrow, not simply immediately.’

The Communication Employees Union (CWU) says it would poll 115,000 Royal Mail staff over potential strike motion in a row over pay, saying {that a} two per cent pay improve supplied by the corporate is ‘completely insufficient’. 

Terry Pullinger, CWU deputy basic secretary accused Royal Mail administration of conducting themselves ‘insultingly and disrespectfully to key staff’, however Royal Mail mentioned it had supplied the largest pay improve ‘for a few years’.

The union will ship out poll papers on June 28, with the consequence changing into identified subsequent month.

CWU general-secretary Dave Ward mentioned: ‘Our members have been handled in a totally undignified method by the folks they make unbelievable earnings for.

‘Our members saved this nation related all through our nation’s best disaster since World Struggle Two, and plenty of paid the final word sacrifice.

‘Now, they’re being advised there’s nothing for them, they usually have to just accept having much less whereas the mega earnings of bosses come first.

‘The state of affairs is unjust and unsustainable, and I’ve little doubt that our 115,000 members will stand robust towards it and ship a historic vote for motion.’

A Royal Mail spokesperson mentioned: ‘We imagine there are not any grounds for industrial motion. We supplied a deal price as much as 5.5% for CWU grade colleagues, the largest improve we now have supplied for a few years, which was rejected by the CWU.’





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