Strikes have caused significant disruption to a range of services over much of the past year, and the walkouts are continuing into March 2023.

As well as a series of major train strikes which are likely to affect rail travel across much of the country, London Underground workers are also planning to take action.

Here’s everything you need to know about these strikes, and when the wider rail walkouts could impact travel in London over the coming month.

When are the Tube strikes in March 2023?

There are two separate strikes affecting the London Underground in March, both on the same date.

Workers with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and Tube drivers represented by the Aslef union will both walk out on Wednesday 15 March – the date of the 2023 Spring Budget.

The RMT announced it was joining the industrial action on 28 February, after Aslef confirmed its walkout almost a week earlier.

Around 100,000 civil servants with the Public and Commercial Services union are also planning to strike on Budget day in a long-running dispute over jobs, pay and pensions.

While the London Underground has largely avoided the level of disruption seen on the railways of much of the past year, Tube workers are engaged in a series of ongoing disputes.

Most recently, Aslef members working on the Bakerloo Line walked out 4 and 11 February as part of a dispute over safety.

Large-scale Tube strikes like the action planned for 15 March have previously resulted in significant disruption across much of the network – Transport for London (TfL) is yet to issue guidance around travel during the walkout.

File photo dated 06/01/23 of Mick Lynch, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), joins union members on the picket line outside Euston station in London during a rail strike in a long-running dispute over jobs and pensions. The RMT has rejected the latest offers from both Network Rail and the train operating companies, the union announced. Issue date: Friday January 6, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story INDUSTRY Strikes Rail. Photo credit should read: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire
Mick Lynch of the RMT said Tube workers ‘deserve decent pensions and working conditions’ (Photo: PA)

Why are Tube workers striking?

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members will never accept job losses, attacks on their pensions or changes to working conditions in order to pay for a funding cut which is the Government’s political decision.

“Tube workers provide an essential service to the capital, making sure the city can keep moving and work long hours in demanding roles.

“In return they deserve decent pensions, job security and good working conditions and RMT will fight and tooth nail to make sure that’s what they get.”

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s full-time organiser on the Underground, said: “We understand that TfL faces financial challenges, post-pandemic, but our members are simply not prepared to pay the price for the Government’s failure to properly fund London’s public transport system.

“Cuts to safety training have already been forced through and management is open that they plan to remove all current working agreements under the guise of ‘modernisation’ and ‘flexibility’ and to replace the agreed attendance and discipline policies.

“Proposals to slash pension benefits are due to be announced in the next week.”

More on Strikes

When are there rail strikes?

The RMT announced four more days of train strikes in March and April as part of its long-running dispute over pay, jobs and working conditions.

It rejected the most recent offer from Network Rail and 14 train operators saying it “did not meet the needs of members on pay, job security or working conditions”.

The walkouts will be on the following dates:

  • Thursday 16 March
  • Saturday 18 March
  • Thursday 30 March
  • Saturday 1 April

RMT members working for National Rail will also strike on 16 March, with the walkout ending at 2am on 17 March.

Aside from any knock-on disruption from its own strike the previous day affecting services on 16 March, the Tube is expected to run as normal on national strike days.

However, the following rail operators will be affected by the strikes, so it is likely this will significantly affect travel into and out of the capital:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern
  • CrossCountry
  • c2c
  • East Midlands
  • Gatwick Express
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Northern
  • Great Western
  • LNER
  • Northern
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • South Western
  • Thameslink
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands

National Rail and the 14 companies will provide more information on how services will be affected closer to the time.

Previous action by the RMT has seen up to 80 per cent of the rail network brought to a halt.

Most operators will either be running no trains at all or operating a severely reduced service, with trains starting later and finishing earlier than usual – you can find the latest advice from National Rail here.

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