Are these to be treated seriously? I ask because I'm an Aussie visiting England in December / January. Do they apply to all train lines? What alternatives are available if your train is cancelled because of strike action? Already I have heard of a proposed strike (via this forum) on Jan 6th / 7th just when I am supposed to be travelling to Manchester from London. Are internal flights a viable alternative or would I have trouble getting to an airport? How do busses work - I am assuming there is some sort of National Carrier and I would need to get somewhere first. Any help appreciated.