A general and global strike on British rail services on Monday is expected to ruin the busiest day of shopping for the markets, costing retailers millions of pounds in losses.
And December 26, the British call it “Boxing Day” every year, and it’s the biggest and busiest shopping day of all, as merchants clear their wares at the cheapest prices, the day after Christmas.
Thousands of people questintending to travel in train on Boxing Day will have to make alternative plans because the railway strike means services are not in function.
Network Rail, the UK rail operator, said British Rail would remain closed for the second day in a row due to a strike by staff members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union.
Passengers were warned of the impact of the strike a week ago, according to the “Evening Standard” newspaper. in a service seen from Al Arabiya.net.
Airline passengers will also need to find other ways to get to and from UK airports.
Many other planned services could not be performed due to the strike.
The newspaper says the lack of trains will mean more people traveling by road on Monday, and that means roads will face more congestion than usual.
AA, which provides services for auto traffic, expects 15.2 million vehicles to use the country’s roads on Monday.
A spokesperson said: “Traffic is likely to build up around the malls as many people seek discounted prices at the sales and at the same time football fans will be traveling to see their teams.”
“There is room for local traffic jams and shorter journeys, but traffic needs to be spread out throughout the day as people while away their time after Christmas Day,” he added.
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