Train strike chaos disrupts East Lancs' Grace Davies’ first headline show

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Grace Davies. (Photo: Naomi Kane)
Grace Davies. (Photo: Naomi Kane)

A former X Factor star from East Lancashire says the upcoming rail strikes have brought disruption to her first ever headline show.

This is after The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport announced strike action on August 18 and 20 in a dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

Grace Davies, from Langho, was meant to be having her first ever headline show in London on 18 August.

However, she has now been forced to reschedule it to 31 August after many of her fans messaged saying they would no longer be able to make those tour dates.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Grace said she was “sad” when she discovered the rail strikes coincided with her sold out tour but is also “supportive” of the workers’ decision.

Lancashire Telegraph: Grace Davies' new gig poster for rescheduled show
Lancashire Telegraph: Grace Davies' new gig poster for rescheduled show

Grace Davies' new gig poster for rescheduled show

She said: I was so sad to hear about the train strikes happening on the day of my first headline show.

“I fully understand and support the cause behind it, and the general public are so supportive of the workers which is amazing.

“I suppose there’s always going to be something that a strike coincides with! I decided to reschedule my show to 31 August, as I've been fairly inundated with messages from my fan base who are going to have difficulty in attending - so this was the only way I could help them avoid the disruption.

“I’m still really excited about the show and remaining positive and hopeful that everyone can make the new date.”

August’s strike action is set to cause disruption across many parts of the UK.

Strike action will be taken in Avanti West Coast, c2c, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, LNER, and Southeastern.

Action short of strike will be taken in West short of strike will be taken in West Midlands Trains, Northern, Greater Anglia, TransPennine Express and Southeastern.

TSSA has held off on serving notice for industrial action in Network Rail in order to hold 11th hour talks over pay, job security and conditions.

There is still time to serve notice for action on August 18 and 20 if these talks are unsuccessful.

Rail passengers are also being reminded that services will be severely disrupted on Wednesday 26 July.

Only a fifth of services will run, on around half of the network, so passengers are being urged to only travel by train if they must, and if it is necessary, allow extra time and check when their last train will depart.

Services are also expected to be disrupted on the morning of Thursday July 28 with a later start to services as employees return to duties.

The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has also announced a strike by its members at Avanti West Coast on Wednesday, while members of the drivers union Aslef will strike on Saturday in a number of companies.