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Les pubs perdront 2,3 milliards de livres sterling à cause des grèves ferroviaires paralysantes, les chefs de l'industrie mettent en garde

PUBS, clubs and restaurants will lose £2.3 billion in takings because of crippling strikes on the railways, industry chiefs have warned.

Usually boisterous high streets and town centres have been left virtual ghost towns because of the RMT’s walkouts.

Pubs were left empty in the train strikes in the all important run up to Christmas

Pubs were left empty in the train strikes in the all important run up to ChristmasCrédit: Getty

UK Hospitalitywhich represents pubs and boozerssaid their all-important Christmas takings have been decimated by the action.

In the past week alone, takings have nosedived by £1.5bn

This is expected to rocket to £2.3bn when the train strikes in early January are included.

[object Window] 3 Christmas party bookings (35 pour cent) were cancelled across the UK over the past week.

In central London, two thirds (65 pour cent) of bookings were cancelled.

Kate Nicholls, from UK Hospitality said: “It is now clear we cannot afford to go on like this.

“Businesses are being pushed to breaking point and for city centre pubs and restaurants it could be the final nail in the coffin.

“That puts jobs and livelihoods at risk and means the Chancellor is losing out on valuable taxes to fund public services.

“We now need all sides to come together, compromise and draw a line under this damaging dispute before the cost is too high.”