Glastonbury Festival largely spared from rail strikes

Despite warnings of ‘misery’ for people traveling to the Glastonbury Festival today (June 23), it appears travel has been largely unaffected by the railway strikes.

Passengers have been urged to avoid all but essential travel this week due to industrial action by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union (RMT) with only five of the eleven trains that normally run between London Paddington and Castle Cary, near of Glastonbury, in operation today.

However, it seems that most bettors have taken the tips of operator Great Western Railway and traveled yesterday (June 22) or will depart tomorrow (June 23).

According to BBC, a purpose-built enclosure at Paddington station designed to cope with large numbers of potential passengers, was manned by just 25 shortly before the first train departed for Castle Cary this morning. “I was quite shocked when I arrived, I thought there was a mistake,” said a passenger before comfortably boarding.

Usually 15,000 people use the station to travel to Glastonbury during the festival.

And talk of chaos around the festival site roads also seems to have been very little, with the local travel news twitter account reporting very few delays.

However, some fans are having trouble picking up their bus tickets due to the strikes.

Taking to Twitter, a punter explained that due to the lack of trains they had missed the bus that would take them to the festival and give them their ticket. The dedicated Glasto news account said they are still awaiting concrete information on what will happen to those uncollected tickets, but they are “not the only ones” facing the issue.

The Glastonbury Festival opened at 8am yesterday with organizer Emily Eavis and her father Michael on hand to welcome the first wave of ticket holders.

Opening day saw early arrivals enjoy high temperatures, the famous Glasto sunset and a spectacular fireworks display. Check out the photos and images here.

It’s not all good news though. The Chemical Brothers are currently unsure if they will be able to perform their Friday night set due to ‘multiple COVID-19 infections’ in their camp while Wolf Alice is stranded in Los Angeles, hoping to borrow a jet private to do their Friday afternoon location on the Pyramid Stage.

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Jan G. Gilbert