London Underground continues to experience significant disruption after yesterday’s strike action. Wednesday’s walkout brought the entire Tube network to a standstill, and it is not expected to fully recover until this afternoon.
Here’s everything you need to know about the strikes, including the latest travel advice.
Is the Tube running today?
Transport for London (TfL) has warned that Tube services will start later than normal and will be disrupted through the morning on Thursday. Due to station closures in the morning, some services may not be able to stop at all stations or run to their normal destination.
As of 8.30am, the Piccadilly and District lines remain suspended, and the Bakerloo line is part suspended with minor delays. There are severe delays on the Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines.
There is currently a good service on all other lines, including the Elizabeth Line, London Overground and the DLR.
TfL adds that due to Thursday’s national rail strike, the following stations are expected to open late and close early:
- Clapham Junction
- Liverpool Street (London Overground)
- Watford Junction
- Paddington (Elizabeth Line)
Why was there a Tube strike?
The action was called by both the drivers’ union, Aslef, and the RMT. 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.”
When are the national rail strikes?
The 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
- East Midlands
- Gatwick Express
- Greater Anglia
- Great Northern
- Great Western
- South Western
- 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.