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Rail company tells travellers to avoid trains until January 9

Rail company tells travellers to avoid trains until January 9

Network Rail has warned travellers to avoid trains until January 9 as thousands of Britons scramble to get home on Christmas Eve.

In a tweet on Saturday afternoon, the train service advised passengers to “only travel by train if absolutely necessary” between Decemeber 24 to January 8.

Strikes by the RMT and Aslef unions will affect 11 of the 16 days over Christmas and New Year, with overtime bans and planned engineering work hitting services on the remaining days.

Millions of people embarking on Christmas getaways face disruption from strikes and congestion

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The Independent calculates that 250,000 trains will be cancelled between today and 8 January.

The warning is the latest blow to passengers as they hope to head home for Christmas- and for those already home, place their back to office plans in jeapardy.

In normal years, trains normally finish at mid-evening on Christmas Eve. But RMT union members working for Network Rail stop work at 6pm, and train operators are racing to get rolling stock and staff back to depots before the walk-out begins.

Last trains from many locations are in the morning, with all services ending by mid-afternoon.

It comes as scores of commuters hoping to reach their destination in the Christmas getaway were watching the departures board at London’s Euston station for updates on their journey.

Hundreds of travellers were filing through the station’s main entrance on Christmaws Eve to get the last trains out of the capital amid travel disruption caused by severe road traffic and strikes decimating train services.

Services to Crewe, Manchester Piccadilly, Glasgow Central and Birmingham International were all delayed with a limited staff presence as travellers waited anxiously with their luggage.

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