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UK Border Agency strike

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I've only learned about the UK Border Agency strike earlier today, and since we just happen to be departing for London tomorrow evening, does anyone what services will be available/unavailable? As well, will the Eurostar train system also be affected by this?? Please help! Thanx

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    No-one even knows whether there'll be a strike. These announcements are part of a time-honoured negotiating process.

    The current threat is merely a one-day strike on July 26. It CANNOT turn into a longer strike, though such threats will be part of British life for the whole of this Parliament (ie almost certainly till 2015). I'd put the chances of this one going ahead at 50/50.

    The last such strike had no discernible effect on queues at borders, though that was probably because the staff drafted in to cover took short cuts on the checking process that probably won't be acceptable in the current security climate.

    Expect inbound airport queues to take an hour or possibly even more on July 26 - IF the strike goes ahead. Computer models (daily border and public transport traffic in London over the next month has probably been more meticulously - though not necessarily accurately - forecast than any flow of people in human history) are that arrivals that day will be 45% more than an average day, making it the busiest arrivals day here ever. Possibly more illuminating: it's the day most reporters are scheduled to arrive, so whatever happens media reports will exaggerate it.

    There's no outgoing passport control in Britain, so outbound Eurostars shouldn't be affected in theory. Queues at the Paris border can be horrendous at peak times anyway, and when that happens people just get put on the next train (with disrupted seating arrangements) if they miss their train as a result. In practice, the chaos sometimes creates train delays of up to half an hour, which knocks onto the whole system - though never really seriously.

    There's a specific problem with arrivals from Brussels (not Paris) where a strike might create substantial inbound queues at St Pancras.

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