Tube Strike Will Cause Major Travel Issues
Tube Strike in central London is sure to cause traffic issues on Sunday and Monday. About 4,000 ticket and station staff are expected to walk out in a dispute of job losses and ticket office closures. Transport for London (TfL) has warned that some lines will have no service at all. Others will face significant disruption.
Tube Strike to Begin at 6pm on Sunday
Tube Strike unions (TSSA and RMT) are scheduled to begin there strike at 6pm on Sunday. Service will be disrupted until Tuesday in the morning. The walkout is to protest the 800 job cuts and the closure of ticket offices under former mayor Boris Johnson. The unions are angry that present mayor, Sadiq Khan has not reopened any ticket offices.
The shutdown will include most Zone 1 stations. There will not be any connections at major stations which include Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge. Piccadilly line services will run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 but will not go to Terminals 4 or 5.
TfL is planning to deploy an extra 100 buses to meet the heavy demand. Buses, DLR, London Overground and National Rail routes will be running but are expected to be much busier than usual. You should plan your trip via the IfL website or use City Mapper. If you are in desperation you can try hopping on a Boris bike, use Uber or walk.
Other strikes may follow depending on the outcome of negotiations between London Underground and union bosses. The unions are looking for a “radically improved package” covering jobs and safety and have said no progress has been made yet.