Glastonbury Festival 2022: How to travel during the train strikes from London and the UK

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Glastonbury Festival 2022: How to travel during the train strikes from London and the UK

Glastonbury Festival is taking place this week, and music fans everywhere are sure to be excited about heading back to Pilton for the first time since 2019.

But with the Rail, Maritime, and Transport Union (RMT) striking during the festival, train services and public transport to the festival may be disrupted.

Therefore, festival-goers intending to take the train to Glastonbury on either Wednesday or Thursday should take extra care in planning on getting there.

Find out below how to get to Glastonbury by train from London, and how the service may be impacted.

Glastonbury Festival 2022

Travelling to Glastonbury by train from London

The nearest train station to Glastonbury is Castle Cary, which is around 1 hour and 30 minutes away from London Paddington. There will be a free shuttle bus service taking festival-goers from the train station to the festival ground.

Although industrial action is taking place during the Glastonbury Festival, Great Western Railway will continue to operate trains between Castle Cary and London Paddington.

Wednesday, June 22, is not a strike day, but services may be impacted by strike action the day before. Thursday, June 23, is a strike day, and services are likely to be disrupted.

Great Western Railway says that some train times may be altered, and the train company will contact people who have already bought tickets for affected journeys.

If you have already booked a train to Glastonbury, check Great Western Railway’s amended timetable before travelling.

There will be a regular service from Castle Cary to London Paddington on June 27.

Additionally, people travelling to Paddington from within London should be aware that strike on June 21 will disrupt Tube services.

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Travelling to Glastonbury by train from Wales and the South West

People travelling to Glastonbury from other parts of the UK will find that their train services are more likely to be disrupted.

For example, there will be a very limited service running between 7.30am and 6.30pm on Thursday, June 23, from stations including Cardiff, Bristol, Taunton, Plymouth, Swindon and Oxford.

However, there will be no trains from several other stations, such as Swansea, Hereford, Banbury, Portsmouth, Weymouth, Exmouth, and stations in Cornwall.

People travelling from these areas will need to take another form of transport either to the festival or to the nearest open train station. These trains may be busier due to the reduced service.

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