Train strikes could disrupt Leeds Festival travel

Strike action could affect travel this Wednesday and Friday

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Swindells - 22 August 2011

First TransPennine Express trains are potentially on strike on Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th August and if this goes ahead, this will affect Leeds Festival 2011 goers travelling on lines into both Leeds and York.

The lines that may be affected are those operated by North TransPennine and South TransPennine and include routes from Hull, Cleethorpes, Middlesbrough, Durham, Darlington, Scarborough, Doncaster, Sheffield, Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster.

Members of both ASLEF and the RMT have rejected a 2.2 per cent pay offer by First TransPennine Express (FTPE) and voted to take industrial action next Wednesday and Friday. A company spokesman said the unions had indicated they would be advising train drivers, conductors and station staff not to report for work on both days.

Should the strike go ahead, First TransPennine Express tickets already purchased on these routes will be accepted by alternative train operators wherever these exist on the same lines - which is on the vast majority of routes.

Festival Republic in co-operation with National Rail have put together a guide for people travelling from a number of location potentially affected - view it by clicking here.

We'll update the story throughout the week as service schedules are drawn up and the unions and rail company First TransPennine Express try to reach a last-minute deal.

Coach travel with National Express is still available from many of the potentially affected locations. Click here to buy National Express coach travel to Leeds Festival.

Booking online couldn't be simpler, go to the National Express website and use the menu on the left to select where you will be travelling from, take a look at the departure options and buy your ticket.  

My Chemical Romance, The Strokes, Pulp and Muse headline Reading and Leeds 2011 festivals, which take place from 26–28 August.

Reading And Leeds tickets are on sale now, priced at £192.50, with day tickets costing £82.50 per day.

Click here to buy Leeds Festival tickets.


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