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Student protest coincides with transport halts

Last week, a student protest in London turned violent when police clashed with rioters. Over 12 arrests were made whilst local transport came to a grinding halt.


Protesting against high fees and the government’s plans to scrap student grants, thousands of students and demonstrators marched outside the Home Office in central London.

Starting as a peaceful march, the protest soon turned sour when protesters met police lines in the capital.

Rioters hurled paint outside the Home Office whilst others threw smoke bombs and attempted to push their way into the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Officers on the scene were said to have arrested over 12 of the protesters for public order offences after the riot subsided.

Transport strikes

Adding to the unease in the capital, transport strikes also brought travel to a halt, meaning long delays and panic.

Transport union RMT continued with their 48-hour strike on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which ended on Thursday morning.

Speaking about the strikes, RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:

“RMT negotiators have made every effort over the past 72 hours to resolve this dispute through negotiation but due to the sheer intransigence of the management the DLR will now face its first ever all-out strike action in the 28 years history of the railway.”

Ongoing problems

All in all, with student protests, rail strikes and bonfire night problems, it hasn’t been a particularly good few weeks for London commuters and locals. The increasing number of ongoing disruptions to transport in the capital is extremely worrying, and with night tube negotiations still ongoing, we might not see any true respite until early 2016.

With the Christmas period quickly approaching, we can only hope that these issue die down soon.

You can find out more about the recent protests and strikes over on the BBC website.

For more information about me and my work, be sure to visit the HATS Group website.

Rail strike announced for bank holiday Monday

[Update: the TSSA and the RMT have suspended the 24-hour strike, that was set to start on Monday at 5pm. The TSSA and RMT said they received a new pay offer from Network Rail (NR) – 14:52 21st May 2015]

Working within the transport industry, at the Healthcare and Transport Services (HATS) Group and Olympic South Ltd, we’re always aware of the sensitive nature of our work and do everything in our power to retain services which are prompt and undisruptive.

Reliability at HATS

As a service provider to the public sector, in both the healthcare and education industries, at HATS, our range of services are built to be robust, flexible and overall, reliable. Our clients and service users are our priority and have shaped the way our company has run for years. And whilst strikes and disruptions often take place throughout the public sector, at HATS, we insure the upmost reliability and do everything we can to produce services that run on time, and most importantly, stay on time.

Public sector transport

Reliability in the public sector, particularly within transport is paramount. Bus services, ambulances, trams, trains and everything in between, are an essential part of our lives, and when disruptions arise, the fallout can be enormous. And with the bank holiday quickly approaching, it appears disturbances are just around the corner, with the biggest strike in more than 20 years set to take place on the 25th of May.

UK rail network strike

The UK’s rail network is bracing for a huge strike this coming May bank holiday, which is said to likely effect train services on all national rail routes.

Network Rail issued a statement warning of severe disruption saying: “Should the industrial action go ahead there is likely to be severe disruption to rail services on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th May, although this is likely to vary considerably by route”.

Bank holiday – Monday 25th May

If the strike goes ahead as planned on Monday the 25th of May, it will include members of both the TSSA and RMT unions, who are calling for better pay and job guarantees – meaning there will be a large shortage in maintenance staff, signallers and white-collar worker at Network Rail.

With one of the largest strikes in recent years set to take place over the long weekend, needless to stay, delays on the Monday and Tuesday are likely to be extensive. So, if you’re travelling, make sure you’ve prepared in advance.

For more updates regarding the UK rail network strike, you can visit the Network Rail website. And for more information about the HATS Group, Olympic South Ltd and our range of comprehensive transport services, visit us at www.HATSGroup.co.uk.

Henry Bilinski.

About the Author 

Henry Bilinski is the UK Chief Executive Officer for the Health and Transport Services (HATS) Group/Olympic South Ltd based in Wimbledon.

Henry is a highly experienced Chief Executive with over 30 years’ experience working in the transport and logistics industry. Having acted as a Dispatch Rider, Operations Controller, Managing Director, Owner and CEO for a number of different organisations throughout his career, Henry is an expert in his field.