Rolling Stones London 2022: Will RMT strike affect concert goers travelling to Hyde Park gig on June 25?

The strike will significantly impact concert goers travelling to see the Rolling Stones

Earlier this week the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) confirmed that three days of strike action would take place, which will severely disrupt rail travel all over the UK.

As the news was emerging regarding the strike, it was also revealed that it would be the biggest rail strike in over 30 years, trumping the rail strike from 1989.

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This strike will see around 50,000 workers participate, affecting multiple train lines all over the UK.

When is the strike taking place?

The strike is set to take part across three days later this month. The dates outlined by the RMT are to be Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June.

The dates chosen for the strike haven’t just been plucked out of nowhere, and have been meticulously chosen to cause the most disruption to travel, in a bid for their strike and demands to be taken seriously.

The action is threatening to ‘shut down the system’.

How will people travelling to the Rolling Stones gig be affected?

The Rolling Stones are set to perform at Hyde Park on 25 June, which is one of the days when the strike will be taking place.

It is reported that some 65,000 concert goes will descend on the famous venue to watch one of the biggest bands in the history of music.

With multiple train lines being affected all over the UK, with Mick Lynch, RMT general secretary saying to Sky News members would: “strike from the north of Scotland to the tip of Cornwall, and all points in between”, a lot of people will find it almost impossible to make the trip down.

One of the lines affected is Great Western Rail which has direct routes to London from Bath Spa, Bristol, Oxford, Exeter and Cardiff to name a few. These train routes end at London Paddington, which is the perfect drop off point, as it is only just over a mile away from where The Rolling Stones will be performing their greatest hits.

Another heavily affected line is West Midlands Trains, which links two of the biggest cities in the country, Birmingham and London. This route takes just under three hours and requires around two stops.

Due to the transport links into London being so great, with a number of train stations, it’s likely all of the companies experiencing walk outs will impact travel into the capital.

Why is the strike taking place?

There are three main reasons why this mass strike is taking place, with those points being pay, compulsory redundancies and safety concerns.

As we also start to recover from Coronavirus, the pandemic is also involved with the government demanding savings on a network that was aided by the taxpayer when passenger numbers were heavily reduced due to lockdown, as no one was traveling.

What train lines are going to be affected?

As mentioned, this isn’t an isolated strike and is a nationwide walkout, which is going to cause huge travel disruption South, North and everywhere in between.

The lines that will be impacted are:

  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • LNER
  • East Midlands Railway
  • c2c
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • Avanti West Coast
  • West Midlands Trains
  • Hull Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • Croydon Tramlink