An empty-looking Paddington railway station during a strike on 31 May By Ben King
Business reporter, BBC News
Friday marks the 29th day of rail strikes since the current set of disputes began.
Members of the rail unions have been regularly bringing much of the network to a halt for nearly a year.
The leisure industry has been hard-hit as people cancel trips and holidays, or avoid city centre shops, pubs and restaurants.
But with the majority of rail commuters able to work from home, the impact elsewhere has been limited.
To understand how the UK has adapted to almost a year of rail strikes, take a look at the experience of Colin Bezant.A cycling-mad 58-year-old, train strikes don’t stop him from doing his job as a consultant helping companies manage big IT projects.He either works from home or cycles around 50 miles from his home in Basingstoke to the London office or to his client’s office in Oxford.But it completely messes up his weekend travels to cycling events around the country. He had booked a train on Friday to get to Carlisle ahead of 600km cycle race. Keen cyclist Colin Bezant can hop on his bike to work but the train strikes mess up his weekend plans The train he booked was cancelled, because of the strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, which is expected to put a halt to half of Friday’s scheduled trains.He can’t depend on getting space for his bike on the trains that are […]