June 2022 train strike: Scrap parking fees or cities become ‘ghost towns’, ministers said

June 2022 train strike: Scrap parking fees or cities become ‘ghost towns’, ministers said

June 2022 train strike: Scrap parking fees or cities become ‘ghost towns’, ministers said

The government has been urged to remove congestion and parking charges during next week’s train strikes to prevent cities from becoming “ghost towns”.

Half of Britain’s rail lines will be closed during strikes on June 21, 23 and 25 by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT), while Transport for London (TfL) “strongly encouraged” passengers not to use the London train on June 21. Traveling underground due to a 24-hour strike by the RMT and Unite.

AA President Edmund King said parking fees, congestion and clean air zones, as well as unnecessary roadworks, should all be suspended during those dates to prevent some areas from becoming “ghost towns.”

“For example, if there are no trains at all to Glasgow and Edinburgh and people have to do their business, there may be grounds for suspending parking fees for the duration of the strike,” he told the newspaper. Daily telegram.

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‘Join us in condemning railway strikes,’ Sajid Javid tells Wes Streeting

Health Minister Sajid Javid has called on Shadow Secretary Wes Streeting to back his condemnation of railway strikes, which he says will cause “vulnerable patients to miss appointments”.

During Question Time last week, Wes Streeting said he would go on strike if he worked in the rail industry. He said: “So to speak, if I was a member of the RMT and my jobs were in jeopardy in this way, I would vote to strike and I would vote to defend the terms and conditions of my job.”

Wes Streeting was reported to have apologized for his comments.

Sajid Javid said in a letter to Wes Streeting on Twitter: “I know you care about health and care in this country. So please put patients first and join me in condemning the impact of these unwarranted strikes which are bad for patients and bad for the NHS and social care staff.”

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 10:15 am

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Train strikes ‘risk for people’s livelihoods’, says minister

Government Secretary Paul Scully has said the coming railway strikes “endanger people’s livelihoods” at a “fragile” time for personal finances.

The Secretary of State also urged London Mayor Sadiq Khan to lift the congestion charge and stop non-essential road works on the strike days.

On LBC, he said: “If you go on strike, you risk other businesses, the livelihoods of others, but also the rail system across the country, including in London.

“Because we’re at a point where we’re trying to get people back to work and it’s fragile – any excuse to stop people from traveling really impacts the fare and the financial viability of the train service.

“We don’t want to risk anyone’s job, so please sit down, it won’t help anyone.

“However, what I would also like to ask is that the railway strikes will continue, that the mayor in London will lift the congestion charge and stop non-essential roadworks on those strike days to make it easier for people to do their business and get to work. to go.”

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 10:00

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NHS tells patients to plan ahead during strikes

NHS patients in England are urged to plan ahead for appointments as train strikes next week will cause travel chaos.

Ahead of the strikes, the NHS’s top doctors reminded people that “the NHS remains open”, while urging people to seek care when needed.

The strikes could have a particular impact on London hospitals, many of which have limited parking capacity for those considering alternatively driving to their appointments.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director in England, said: “With train strikes expected across the country next week, I urge those who have booked appointments to plan ahead and look into alternative options for getting to go to their GP practice or hospital if necessary.

“The NHS sees millions of people every week for urgent and routine care and it is vital that people have access to the care they need despite disruptions – the NHS remains open so please keep coming forward.”

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 09:45

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Passengers warned not to travel during train strikes

Train and metro passengers are advised not to travel next week, as strikes will cause “maximum disruption” to the transport network.

Travelers who “need to travel” are urged by Network Rail (NR) to “plan ahead”.

There will be no passenger services to towns such as Penzance in Cornwall, Bournemouth in Dorset, Swansea in South Wales, Holyhead in North Wales, Chester in Cheshire and Blackpool, Lancashire.

In Scotland, there will also be no passenger trains traveling north from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

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Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 09:44

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Ministers urge the abolition of congestion and parking fees

Road charges should be abolished during the upcoming train and subway strikes to ease the burden on drivers, the AA chairman has said.

AA President Edmund King said parking fees, congestion and clean air zones, as well as unnecessary roadworks, should all be suspended during those dates to prevent some areas from becoming “ghost towns.”

“For example, if there are no trains at all to Glasgow and Edinburgh and people have to do their business, there may be grounds for suspending parking fees for the duration of the strike,” he told the newspaper. Daily telegram.

“Otherwise there is a danger that some areas will become ghost towns.

“Only those people for whom it is absolutely necessary to go to work will use the roads. More people will work from home and record fuel prices will put some off anyway.

“Those factors will reduce some of the extra congestion, but there will still be shift workers and low-paid NHS workers for whom driving and cycling are the only options.”

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 09:42

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Good morning

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live report of the build-up to next week’s nationwide rail strikes. Follow our blog for the latest update on next week’s travel chaos.

Thomas KingsleyJune 17, 2022 09:40