Hull Fair 2022: Everything you need to know about opening weekend travel chaos
Those looking to head to the first Saturday of Hull Fair face travel chaos with both bus and rail strikes set to take place. The fair starts in just two weeks' time with the official opening on Friday, October 7. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of people and making your way there can be a headache at the best of times.
Both the RMT and Unite have announced strikes will take place which means train services on the Saturday will be decimated while Stagecoach buses will also be affected. That means more people will be forced to drive to the fair if they have a car which could cause further parking issues. Read more: Hull Fair 2022 preview with dates, times, rides and road closures
The Stagecoach strike will be a particular headache for those living locally. It is not clear how this will impact the park and ride service but many people use the bus to get to the fair. Stagecoach has criticised Unite for planning the strike during Hull Fair.
Unite says the dispute is a straightforward pay dispute with members in Merseyside being paid more and the union wanting parity. Stagecoach said the rise they have already offered would make their drivers the highest paid in the region. Matt Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Midlands said: "Unite seems determined to cause the maximum possible disruption during Hull's largest annual event.
Our bus network plays a vital role in getting visitors to the fair and it is extremely frustrating that Unite is putting this in jeopardy. "We have supported the fair over many years, and we will be working hard over the coming hours and days to look at alternative options to cover as many services as possible to limit the impact on our customers." Meanwhile, more than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operators will strike again on the same Saturday.
The RMT said it would be "effectively shutting down the railway network" as part of a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions.Walton Street is closed because of Hull Fair
Network Rail warned passengers to expect very significant disruption and only travel if absolutely necessary. It added that full timetables for upcoming strike days would be published soon. The latest action comes after a series of large-scale walkouts as unions call for pay increases in line with the rising cost of living.
On the Hull Fair Facebook page a post says: "RMT has confirmed that industrial action is due to take place on the 8th of October, we urge everyone travelling by train to Hull Fair on Saturday 8th to check before travelling. It isn't clear which train operators are scheduled to go on strike on this date however we will keep you updated with any information as we receive it." For those wishing to use the park and ride service, there will be two points.
One will be at Priory Park on Henry Boot Way and the second will be at the Humber Bridge car park in Hessle. There is a public car park at the MKM stadium but spaces will be limited and there will be a charge which, last year, was GBP6. There will also be a number of road closures around the Hull Fair site which will limit much of the nearby street parking.
The closures have yet to be announced by the council but they are likely to include Walton Street, Lowther Street, Walliker Street, part of Anlaby Road, part of Spring Bank West, Granville Street and Sandringham Street.