UK rail strikes 2015 and your travel insurance

Posted on July 24, 2015 by Guest Writer
King's Cross Railway Station London - Commuters Looking At Timetables

A five-day rail worker strike across the UK is set to cause travel problems from Sunday, so Staysure takes a look at what customers should do if they are due to travel by train.

British holiday makers on their way to UK airports and ports may suffer delays next week after the announcement of rail strikes. Several train routes will be affected by the five-day strike that starts at 5pm on Sunday July 12 – after Southern Rail engineers and Northern Rail staff voted to strike.
The industrial action will affect services across the UK and it’s thought that some customers could miss flights if they are planning to travel to the airport or port by train. In addition, a tube and rail strike is being organised in London today (Wednesday July 8) which could bring the capital to a standstill. Approximately 20,000 workers at the London Underground are striking over the all-night Tube service planned to start operating in September.

Are you covered?

If you have purchased Comprehensive Cover, upgraded your Basic Cover and/or purchased Travel Disruption Extension, we will consider train ticket reimbursement if:

  • Customers booked their train tickets before the strike announcement on July 3
  • The train service suffers a delay or cancellation and no suitable alternative services are offered by the train company.

Unfortunately, we will not consider any claim if customers have not taken appropriate action to make alternative arrangements to reach the airport or port. Customers will also need to provide proof of the service being cancelled.

Is the Eurostar affected?

It is not yet clear whether the strikes will directly affect Eurostar Services to the Continent, but should this be the case, we will consider claims for Travel Delay, Missed Departure and Trip Abandonment as a result of train services being affected by the strike. Again this only applies to trips booked prior to July 3.

For Eurostar travel alerts on the strikes click here.