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Let the train take the strain

26 July 2002

Visitors to Manchester 2002 will be able to travel by rail as usual.

City of Manchester Stadium

Travel to Sportcity and other venues will be unaffected now

News that the two 48-hour rail strikes planned to take place during the Commonwealth Games have been called off has been welcomed by Games organisers.

Aslef has announced that the strikes which were due to take place on 28 and 29 July and 4 and 5 of August have been suspended.

Frances Done, chief executive of Manchester 2002, said: “This is great news for spectators, volunteers and staff who rely on rail services to get to Games venues. We are very pleased that the Games will not be affected by strike action.”

Chris Mulligan, GMPTE’s director general and chair of the Games Transport Steering Committee, said: “We are obviously delighted that First North Western and Aslef have been able to prevent these strikes from happening. People will now be able to travel to and from Manchester by rail and not have to worry about bringing their cars or missing events.”

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