MANCHESTER Airport was branded an utter “shambles” last night as hundreds of passengers were forced to wait up to four hours for their luggage. Holidaymakers returning to the airport had a stark choice to make – either kip down on the floor and wait or just give up, go home and then return today. To make matters worse, passengers were complaining they got little or no information from the few staff that were working at the start of the Bank Holiday. Footage shows young families being forced to try to get some sleep wherever they could in Terminal 3. Small bottles of water were handed out but these were only estimated to have been a few hundred for a crowd said to be between 500 and 1,000. The problems appear to have been caused by several flights all arriving at almost the same time and the airport only have a skeleton staff on due to the bank holiday. A lot of angry customers took to social media to vent their anger. Danny Barnes wrote on Twitter: “This is a … [Read more...] about Manchester Airport descends into Bank Holiday travel chaos as holidaymakers forced to wait up to FOUR HOURS for bags
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ENGINEERING work and other disruption threatens to hamper Bank Holiday plans for many. Here's your guide to help you plan your three-day weekend without disappointment. Trains Many train companies will be running revised timetables over the Bank Holiday weekend. Some will put on a Sunday timetable on Monday 27 August, while others will be changing entire routes altogether. Many rail firms are also running bus replacement services on some routes. Some stations are closing altogether, such as Euston station in London. This closure means no Virgin Trains on the West Coast Main Line will be running to or from London for the whole weekend — and the following two weekends. National Express coaches are putting on an extra 4,000 seats to accommodate for disrupted rail travel. You are advised to check the National Rail website for the latest guidance and information to help you make your journeys. Busses London busses are running a Sunday service on Monday 27 August. And disruption from … [Read more...] about August Bank Holiday travel disruption – what train and tube lines are down over the long weekend?
With temperatures as high as 28C predicted for the Bank Holiday weekend, millions of travellers will take to the roads, railways and skies. The RAC warns that Friday will be the peak on the roads. Key routes include the M4, M5 and A303 towards south-west England, routes from northern England to North Wales, the M6 and A590 around the Lake District and the M55 to Blackpool. Heavy traffic is forecast for Saturday and Monday, with Sunday much quieter. Read more Bank Holiday travel chaos to hit UK and Europe Rail passengers face multiple problems due to scheduled engineering works on key inter-city lines. The Great Western main line from Paddington to the West of England, the Cotswolds and South Wales will be severely disrupted from Saturday until 5am on Tuesday morning. Due to electrification work, trains to Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter will be diverted via the Chiltern line to Oxford, with greatly extended journey times. On Sunday, Paddington station will be … [Read more...] about Bank Holiday travel: Britons to face road, rail and air disruption across weekend
Millions of travellers preparing for their Bank Holiday weekend journeys in the UK and France face a range of obstacles from strikes to now-traditional rail engineering works. In Britain, a planned series of stoppages by South Western Railway staff belonging to the RMT union has been called off after the two sides agreed to ACAS talks about the role of guards. Read more Travel chaos hits France as air and rail strikes coincide But members of the RMT working for Greater Anglia are walking out on Saturday on the same issue. The union’s general secretary, Mick Cash, said: “I would like to congratulate our members for their continuous show of strength and solidarity throughout this long dispute, which is solely about putting rail safety before private profit.” Greater Anglia services will be disrupted in any event by some of the many Network Rail engineering projects over the Bank Holiday weekend. No trains will run … [Read more...] about Bank Holiday travel chaos as trains, airlines and air traffic controllers plan strikes this weekend
It’s a sweet problem, sure — but it can also be a stressful one. How do you narrow down a world of choice into one memorable trip for two very different people? Here are six honeymoon travel tips to get you started. 1. Set a date night No parents, no friends, no kids. Just the two of you, a bottle of wine, pens and paper. Ideally, do this 12 months out, and try not to rely on devices (an old-school map is good). Ask the dreamy questions — where have you always wanted to go? It could be snorkelling in the Seychelles, a lost week at Burning Man or a 5-star ski trip. Don’t get bogged down in the nitty-gritty at this stage. Shoot for big ideas you both love, jot them down, and enjoy it. 2. Fix your budget This needs to happen when the wine bottle is in the recycling bin. The average Irish honeymoon budget is between €4k and €9k — but you can get a great holiday for less by travelling off-season, going all-inclusive or shortening the trip … [Read more...] about Six Honeymoon Travel Tips: Where do I start, and what are the pit-falls?