Millions of commuters will face a week of misery as militant unions stage the largest strike in a generation, with 80,000 trains cancelled due to a bitter pay dispute.
The five-day carnage will begin on Tuesday and will cause misery and mayhem for people returning to work after the Christmas holiday, with many expected to be unable to enter the office.
The RMT union, which represents thousands of workers such as signallers and station personnel, will go on strike on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
Aslef, which represents drivers, will strike on Thursday, despite the fact that some of their employees received a 28.5 percent pay increase in 2017.
A shocking 16 million passenger journeys will be hit by the week of chaos, with an estimated 62,000 trains cancelled during RMT strike days and a further 18,000 during the Aslef drivers’ walk out, in a move industry sources branded ‘the most disruptive week on Britain’s railways in a generation’.
There are new warnings that the disruption will cost around £200 million to bars, pubs, restaurants, and hotels, with many businesses already seeing a drop in business due to early strikes.