Travel chaos – Gridlocked motorists play table football and hold a PARTY on the M6 as train strike leads to traffic hell | The Sun

GRIDLOCKED motorists held a PARTY on the M6 as train strikes lead to traffic hell.

Brits' weekend plans were in tatters today as staff at seven train firms launched a 24-hour walk-out in a dispute over pay.

The strike by members of rail union Aslef has seen journeys across country axed – with desperate sunseekers forced to take to the road instead.

But increased traffic left motorways jam-packed with massive tailbacks.

Congestion was so bad on the M6 that some stir-crazy drivers got out their cars and began a roadside rave.

Footage shared on Twitter showed that the group started a raucous party with a live brass band.

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Football fans travelling to the opening Saturday of English leagues, and people going to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham were among those affected.

The AA said the M4/M5 interchange west of Bristol is "growing with traffic", while there were more cars on the road on the M5 heading south to Exeter.

Picket lines were mounted outside railway stations on Saturday, with Arriva Rail London, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, Southeastern and West Midlands Trains services all affected.

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And strike action will be stepped up next month with a series of walk-outs in the bitter row over jobs, pay and conditions.

It is the latest blow in a summer of discontent, with rail union boss Mick Lynch calling for a general strike if Liz Truss becomes PM.

Steve Montgomery, chairman of the Rail Delivery Group, said: "We're really disappointed that the Aslef leadership has decided to impose yet more uncertainty and disruption for passengers and businesses in a week which has already seen a strike by the RMT.

"Millions of passengers will have their weekend plans disrupted, particularly those who are working, or going to the Commonwealth Games or the first football match of the season."

On Wednesday, commuters were warned NOT to travel when another 24-hour rail walkout hit.

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Grant Shapps wrote in The Times: "The 'Two Micks', Lynch of the RMT and Whelan of Aslef, are taking the taxpayer for a ride, but not in the way they are meant to.

"RMT is stalling on reform and Aslef is dragging its feet in negotiations while both call more strikes. Enough."

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