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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Excitement and ‘terrible panic’ among Glastonbury revelers traveling by train to the festival

Festival goers spoke of their stress and excitement after arriving in London’s Paddington to catch the train to Glastonbury.

Thousands of ticket holders faced anxiety ahead of the festival due to several days of major rail and subway strikes, and several trains to Cary’s Castle that serve the festival on shuttle buses were canceled just a few days prior.

Jenna Conway, 30, and Sarah Tann, 26, from London, arrived in Paddington at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to avoid disruptions to their trip caused by rail strikes, but remained in line for hours.


Sarah Tann, 26, and Jenna Conway, 30, at Paddington Station (Ashley Ruggels/PA)

Ms Conway, who has been to Glastonbury five times, told the PA news agency: “We got here three hours before our train, we were stupid, we just thought we could jump on any train.

“We thought they would be kind because of the strikes, but they didn’t let us in, so now we’re waiting.

“On the bus that will take us to Paddington station, the first stop is at our house, all subsequent stops were completely rammed.

“There were people arguing, fussing, they had to turn away a lot of people.”

She added that she had been to Glastonbury several times with her father, who worked in an arts group with a group of disabled children.

At 9 a.m., hundreds of festival-goers lined up at Paddington with their bags to attend service at Cary Castle.

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Sasha Norris, 25, and Camille Seward, 26, at Paddington Station (Ashley Ruggels/PA)

Camille Seward, who was traveling with her friend Sasha Norris, 25, described feeling “terrible panic” when the railroad strike was announced.

The 26-year-old told PA: “Last week we didn’t know how to get there, we both live next to the tube in London so we thought it would be easy but no, my back-up plan was to walk. to Paddington, which is an hour and a half from Battersea with all my things, I was not going to miss the train.

“One of our girlfriends is coming over tonight and I’m afraid she’ll get stuck. We have seats booked on the train, so of course they must let you on the train.

“This is my first real festival, we bought a ticket almost three years ago. I was so excited about getting there that I didn’t even think about who I would be happy to see, but I was very excited about Taylor Swift, who is no longer performing, but, nevertheless, it will be great.

Identical twins Victoria and Rebecca Wilkinson were among the festival-goers who lined up with their bags at Paddington.

Rebecca, who has been to Glastonbury 10 times, said: “I think we’re fine because we have tickets, I think anyone who buys that day will struggle.

“I hope Harry Styles and Elton John show up at Glastonbury, I’m not a big fan of the lineup but we don’t go to the lineup so if Harry comes he will just disappear. . It will take it up a notch.”


Rebecca and Victoria Wilkinson arrived early to catch the train to the Glastonbury Festival (Ashley Ruggels/PA)

Victoria added: “I have been living in Australia for 10 years now, so I missed five years of Glastonbury with my sister. There are eight of us in the glamping this year and my friend who came from Saudi Arabia to come with her mom will be there.

“She’s from Kent but works and lives in Saudi Arabia and came to Glastonbury specifically to go with her mom, she’s 67 and she loves it.”

A spokeswoman for National Express, the festival’s official bus partner, said the company provides around 33,000 one-way trips from more than 70 locations in the UK.

She added: “We have a busy day today with over 50 field staff at various locations and around 500 trainers on the road.

“There are some queues when we load passengers and minimal delays in departures, but we have experience in managing this and we are confident that customers will arrive in time enough to fully enjoy the festival.”

A spokesman for Great Western Railway, which operates trains between London’s Paddington and Cary Castle near the Glastonbury Festival, said seven of the nine additional trains were running between the two stations by 13:30 on Wednesday.

The services are in addition to the regular scheduled services that will also take revelers to the location.

He added: “The planned services are working well.

“Most festival customers today travel using the Paddington queuing system to manage demand where needed.

“Most of the clients have already traveled and we are grateful for everyone’s patience.”

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