Travellers in the UK are facing disruption as unions threaten strikes over the festive period and into the New Year. Unite, the union representing British Airways cabin crews, has announced a fresh ballot which could see walkouts as soon as the end of January and continue through Easter and the Royal Wedding.

Rail users are being faced with a trying time as both Aslef and the RMT step up their disputes. Train drivers on London Midland have expressed their dissatisfaction with working conditions and pay and plan to walk out on 23 December. This is bad news for travellers as the Met Office predicts a lengthy period of severe winter weather.

Shoppers intending to visit London for the Boxing Day sales may have to rethink their travel plans as half of all drivers on the underground have said they will not turn up for work unless guaranteed a day in lieu as well as triple-time. London Underground said it would not sanction this.

Further strikes can be expected in the New Year as the RMT attacks proposed job cuts on the tube. A separate issue over disciplinary action could also bring a standstill on the Northern and Bakerloo Lines. However a date is still to be confirmed.

Drivers on Arriva Trains Wales services have also voted to walk out over pay issues, and the results of a strike ballot on Northern Rail will be announced at the beginning of next week. Staffing levels on Southeastern Trains is the issue that could result in industrial action which would affect services in the New Year.