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RMT rail strikes to impact several exhibitions in June

by Joe Gallop

The rail strikes called by the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) are set to have an impact on travel to several major exhibitions taking place on 21, 23 and 25 June.

RMT said it will close the country’s railway network on these dates, but it is expected that each 24-hour period of strike action will have a knock-on effect and lead to a full week of disruption.

Among the shows scheduled are Global Offshore Wind (21-22 June) at Manchester Central, Infosecurity Europe (21-23) at ExCeL London and ABTT Theatre Show (22-23) at Alexandra Palace.

The NEC is hosting six shows that week, including Installer Show, elemental (21-23), Higher Education Exhibition (20-21), The Big Bang Fair (22-24), BVA Live (23-24) and The Creative Craft Show (24-26).

Ian Taylor, managing director, conventions and exhibitions at NEC Group, said: “We always focus on providing an excellent visitor experience for those coming to the NEC Campus. If there are issues linked to transport around our venue we work closely with event organisers to highlight alternative options. We are lucky to have a large site, with 16,500 car parking spaces. During the rail strike we will be encouraging our visitors to use vehicles or alternative modes of transport to reach the site in the absence of trains.”

A Manchester Central spokesperson said: “We’re working closely with organisers and our partners to provide support in mitigating disruption as much as possible, during the period of planned strikes.”

A spokesperson for Alexandra Palace said the venue will be keeping an eye on any developments, alerting ticket holders to the potential impact and advising them on the best alternative routes to the venue.

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