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National Express coaches seeing spike in demand ahead of rail strike

With the rail strike starting tomorrow, coach service National Express says it has seen a huge uptick in bookings as people try to get around.

It said it was 65% sold out across the network and anticipate this to hit more than 85%, with seats still selling fast.

A spokesman said: "We have seen a significant increase in both enquiries and bookings for travel on our UK-wide scheduled network on and around the dates of the strikes."

"We are working hard to increase availability where we can but it is not possible to match the demand of the rail network and there are only limited seats still available," they added.

"We do expect and are prepared to be busy but also recommend that customers allow plenty of time when planning their journey."

Uber also said there is "significant" demand for its service, adding that drivers have been informed so it can bulk out its services.

However, prices will likely surge in line with demand.

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