Strike action is continuing to disrupt key services as trade unions walk out in disputes over pay and working conditions amid the cost of living crisis.

Walkouts have affected everything from trains and Royal Mail deliveries to NHS nurses, ambulance staff and teachers since last year.

In the capital, key transport services including the Underground and buses have been hit, and further action is set to disrupt Transport for London (TfL) in March. Here is everything you need to know.

When is the Tube strike?

Tube drivers represented by Aslef will strike on Wednesday 15 March, with most of the London Underground expected to grind to a halt. The strike will be joined by staff represented by the RMT union.

TfL said little or no service is expected on the Tube network. Tube services will also start later than normal on Thursday 16 March and will be disrupted through the morning.

Services on Tuesday 14 March will run as normal, except the last District line service to Richmond. This will leave Upminster at 11.13pm.

On the Elizabeth Line and London Overground services will be much busier than normal and queuing systems may be in place, but trains are expected to run as normal. Closure of Tube stations may mean some services will be unable to stop at all stations or run to their normal destination.

There will be no step free access for the DLR at Bank. If the station is able to open, people will need to use the Monument entrance. DLR services are expected to run as normal, but again, station closures may mean some services will be unable to stop at all stations or run to their normal destination.

Buses are expected to be much busier, particularly from mainline stations.

Why is there another Tube strike?

Aslef said 99 per cent of drivers had voted in favour of walking out, adding that management had failed to “accept that changes to our working arrangements and pensions should only happen by agreement”.

The RMT said London Underground Ltd (LUL) “have started to impose 600 station staff job losses and have refused to rule out attacks on pensions or ripping up agreements on conditions of work despite discussions with the union”.

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 tooth and nail to make sure that’s what they get.”

More on Strikes

When are the national rail strikes?

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has organised four more days of train strikes in March and April in the long-running dispute with rail operators over pay, jobs and working conditions.

Rail workers represented by the RMT at 14 major companies will walk out on the following dates:

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

The following rail operators will be affected by the strikes:

  • 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

During previous RMT action most operators ran either no trains at all or a severely reduced service, with trains starting later and finishing earlier than usual.

In London there will be no Elizabeth Line service between Shenfield and Brentwood before 7am and after 11am, and no service between Maidenhead and Reading before 7am and after 7pm on strike days.

You can find the latest advice on strike disruption from National Rail here, and use National Rail’s journey planner here.

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