The rail strikes have already had a devastating impact on the late night economy and hospitality industries are still rebuilding from the fall out of the pandemic. The announcement by unions that a national driver strike will take place at the end of this month across 8 rail companies, has raised further concerns over the recovery progress of the late night economy and hospitality sectors.

The night time economy relies heavily on the rail network to bring audiences and staff safely to and from our venues.

We need to work together to get passengers back on the railways and back in towns and cities enjoying everything they have to offer. This strike is hugely damaging for our sector and feels counter intuitive when the country is facing so many other challenges.

Michael Kill CEO NTIA Says:

“Our industry is suffering heavily from rising costs, as inflation reaches a high, with most reporting an estimated loss of up to 40% in trade from previous strike activity, we must come together to support a recovery we can all benefit from.”

“Any consideration of long term strike action would be catastrophic, sporadic weekly or daily planned strike action is eating into consumer confidence, and will lead to an irreparable loss of business and jobs, after so much hard work has been put into recovery in the last 12 months.”

“Our sector is at a critical point in building to pre covid business levels, as we embark on one of the most important summer festival seasons.”

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