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Which Tube lines will be disrupted by strikes? When the London Underground strikes are happening and why

The i 19/06/2022 Lucy-aplin

Further Tube strikes are expected to hit London this week, coinciding with far-reaching Network Rail strikes set to affect a large portion of the country.

The strikes have been organised in response to RMT union members’ anger at proposed reduced staffing and changes to pensions.

Widespread travel chaos is expected across the capital, with major tube lines expected to be shut for 24 hours. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of disruption…

When is the Tube strike?

There will be a 24-hour strike on the London Underground on Tuesday 21 June.

The Evening Standard reported that 10,000 workers will walk out.

The Tube strike coincides with the wider, three-day walkout that will affect the railway network on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23, and Friday 25 June.

There are also ongoing overnight strikes on the Central, Jubilee and Victoria Underground lines every Friday and Saturday until Sunday 19 June.

Which lines will be affected?

Transport for London (TfL) is advising people not to travel if possible.

It says all services will either be severely disrupted or completely halted on:

  • The Tube
  • London Overground (services will run 7.30am-6.30pm)
  • The Elizabeth Line
  • London Trams

Buses, the DLR and any other services which are running will be extremely busy with queues to board.

If you have to travel, you are advised to finish your Tube or rail journey by 6pm.

On Wednesday 22 June there will be no services before 8am, and you are advised to avoid travelling before mid-morning, as disruption is likely to continue.

There will be a reduced service on the London Overground and Elizabeth Line until mid-morning.

Certain services will continue to be affected later in the week:

  • Reduced service running on the London Overground and Elizabeth Line (where TfL uses national rail assets) as well as parts of the Tube on Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June 
  • London Overground services will run 7.30am-6.30pm on Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June
  • Disruption following strikes likely on the Tube, Elizabeth Line and London Overground on Friday 24 and Sunday 26 June

Why is the Tube strike happening?

As part of a funding agreement, the Government has required TfL to work towards achieving “financial sustainability” on its operations by April 2023.

TfL has proposed not refilling 600 posts as they become vacant. It said this would leave the network with more than 4,500 station staff across London, which would be sufficient to assist customers.

TfL has also said that no proposals have been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, and that no one would lose their jobs because of the plans.

However, Mick Lynch, general-secretary of the RMT, said the union was “demanding a direct face-to-face meeting with London Mayor Sadiq Khan “over TfL’s proposals.

He added: “There’s no point in our union continuing to sit opposite management representatives who have neither the inclination nor the authority to negotiate a settlement when the power lies with the mayor.

The Mayor of London has tax-raising powers. Just four banks made a profit of £34bn last year and are set to pay out over £4bn in bonuses to London traders. A windfall tax on those profits would more than adequately fund London’s transport network.

“Mayor Khan must choose either to take on the Tory Government and demand a just funding deal for Londoners or attack loyal Tube workers who keep the capital moving day in day out.”


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