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More Strike Action Spells Disruption for Travellers

More strike action on Southern Rail could cause further delays for a number of travellers over the coming week, including those hoping to use the Gatwick Express service.

The strike action, planned on 10th, 11th and 13th January, is part of a bitter nine-month dispute between Southern Rail and the RMT over Southern’s controversial Driver Only Operation (DOO) policy.

Southern Rail’s website suggests that the Gatwick Express service will operate between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport every 30 minutes between approximately 5am and 10pm on the affected days.

However, they also advise travellers that if they’re planning on using any their services to travel to or from an airport that they make alternative transport arrangements wherever possible, as they do not provide compensation for missed flights.

Southern passengers who have already booked assisted travel on the affected dates are advised to call the company on 0800 138 1016 to discuss their journey options.

And it’s not just rail passengers that might be affected. British Airways cabin crew are also planning a 48-hour walkout on 10th January, which could threaten flight delays or cancellations. “We will plan to ensure that all our customers travel to their destinations,” said a BA spokesman in the Independent, adding that they will publish more details for customers on Friday 6th January once contingency plans had been put in place.

The right travel insurance can help protect you from travel disruption and the stress and inconvenience it brings – but only if you purchase it before the strike dates are publicly announced.

Cover limits and terms will vary from insurer to insurer but many will not pay out for circumstances that arise as a result of a strike – such as a missed flight – after the strike dates have been released.

That’s why it makes sense to purchase your travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday – even if it’s months in advance.

For more information about strikes and how they could affect your travel plans, check out our blog ‘Does Travel Insurance Cover Strike and Industrial Action?’.

Please consider that planned strike action dates are correct at time of this publication and that any planned industrial action can change at very short notice.

For more information and further guidance we recommend visiting Southern’s website and British Airways website respectively.

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