We're going to be caught up in our 4th train strike since August next Saturday- when we'll be coming back from Heathrow on a long haul flight, tired and fatigued just wanting to get home, and it's going to take us twice as long and cost twice as much to get home as the train should have (thanks to a combination the coach company hiking their prices and £30 for a taxi at the end of the journey as the coach won't get us all the way home like the train would.
Last month we were caught in a strike that caused us to have to spent an extra £70 in accomodation to travel the previous day, coupled with spending over an hour rammed against a luggage rack in a full train (we had no seat reservation, as that was on the train that was cancelled)- including my 72 year old mother who ends up in pain having to stand for long periods. I feel like it's not worth booking trains any more as you can't be sure that they're not going to strike and the trains are even going to run. When we don't know if we'll even be able to travel, having to make alternate travel plans with 2 weeks notice and hiked fares from the coach companies on strike days, or be stuck on the few jam packed trains that are running, it's just not worth trying to travel by train any more while the threat of regular strikes is still hanging. Maybe we're more unlucky than others in being caught up in the strikes so many times, but it's getting incredibly frustrating, and we have 2 train journies booked for next month and no idea if we could be going through more of this with them, especially with the RMT just voting for potentially anoter 6 months of strikes.