London commuters faced rush-hour misery this morning, as a five-day South Western Railway (SWR) strike kicked off.
At one point, a 16-seater minibus was provided as a rail replacement bus service for a 10-carriage train.
Images flooded social media of passengers packed onto trains and station platforms, and some pictured snaking down high streets to board trains.
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SWR workers have walked out from today until 23.59 on 22 June in a long-running dispute about guards on trains.
At Surbiton station, passengers shared pictures of people queueing for 200 metres down the high street as they waited to board services.
Passengers shared images of empty rails and packed carriages.
One passenger complained that a 16-seater minibus turned up as a replacement bus service.
“We are working with bus operators to provide as many replacement services as possible. In the vast majority of cases, these are single or double deckers,” a South Western Railway spokesperson told The Independent.
“In a few instances this has involved using 16 seat coaches to help our passengers complete their journeys. On the few occasions where we use these types of vehicles we try to double up the number.”
South Western Railway runs services from London Waterloo to destinations in Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire, with London commuters heavily affected. Travellers to Royal Ascot, which starts today, will also be affected.
A reduced service will run on most of the network for the next five days. Some routes will not have any trains, nor run a rail replacement service.
SWR says it has laid on extra trains to cope with Ascot demand, although it advises passengers to leave extra time to board services.
The strike has been called by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).
What you need to know:
- The contents of the beverage cart fell on the passengers, causing chaos on board.
- Intense flight turbulence leaves 10 injured.
Dubai: Does flight turbulence make you nervous? A passenger on board a flight from Pristina, Kosovo, to Basel, Switzerland took a video of in-flight turbulence so intense that it sent an air stewardess crashing into the roof of the plane.
According to the US-based broadcast channel Fox News, the turbulence on the ALK Airlines, a Bulgaria chartered plane, on Sunday evening resulted in chaos on board. Ten people were reportedly injured.
The 35-second clip taken by passenger Mirjeta Basha shows a male and female passenger seated, while an air hostess is standing in the aisle, pushing a food cart. Sudden turbulence sends the air hostess flying to the roof of the plane, while the contents of the beverage cart rained down on passengers. The female passenger is seen folding her hands seemingly in prayer.
The video went viral on social media and was shared multiple times.
According to a report by a UK-based tabloid The Sun, people were scalded by hot water and coffee. The aircraft experienced turbulence, half an hour after take-off.
The report quoted Basha, who said: “I thought we all had to die. My husband has scalded his neck.”
Another passenger suffered head injury, after hitting her head on the ceiling.
Press officer Vivienne Gaskell, of EuroAirport in Basel, said that the aircraft was “shaken relentlessly for ten tortuous minutes”.
People had minor injuries and were taken to a hospital.
The video was shared online and people were “horrified”.
YouTube user Elvir #LM10 posted: “A friend of mine was on this flight. This happened on Sunday evening in a flight from Pristina (Kosovo) to Basel (Switzerland). Even the seats broke and the seat belts tore. Many people had to go to hospital and some of them got burns from the hot water that was poured out from the trolley.”
Tweep @quidditch424 said: “How do y’all cope [when] the plane hits turbulence?”
@Harrisonyt tweeted: “My absolute worst nightmare. Severe turbulence throws flight attendant and beverage cart into the plane ceiling. Hope everyone was okay!”
And @Zoelondondj tweeted: “Do you ever get nervous flying? Or are you used to it now? I always seem to get super nervous no matter what …. I would cry if this happened.”
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