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How to get around during train strikes on October 8

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 06/10/2022 Nuray Bulbul
People waiting for buses outside Victoria station in central London  - Kirsty O’Connor/PA © PA Wire

People waiting for buses outside Victoria station in central London

- Kirsty O’Connor/PA

The ongoing train strikes will continue on Saturday, October 8.

Members of the Aslef Union working for 12 companies took strike action on October 5, while the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) has announced that more than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operators will strike on October 8.

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The union said it would be “effectively shutting down the railway network”.

Fortunately for Londoners, TfL and London Underground are not taking part in these strikes. However, the London overground and some Tube services will be impacted on strike days.

Some services will also be busier as a result of people seeking alternative routes.

Here’s how you can get around London on October 8.


On October 8, there will be limited services between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone on the Bakerloo Line between 8 am and 6 pm.

On the District Line, there will be limited services running between 7.15 am and 6.30 pm between Richmond and Turnham Green. There will also be no service between Wimbledon and Earls Court due to planned works.

London Overground

On October 8, the Friday night overground will end at around 4 am. There will be no service between 4 am and 8 am, and then no service after 6 pm. There will be a reduced service between 8 am and 6 pm.


Buses will be operating, but they are expected to be busier than normal.

Always double-check before committing to your journey.


Hire-car schemes, such as Zipcar and Karshare, are still available for those needing to drive. Meanwhile, taxis and private taxi companies like Uber and Bolt will be running as usual.

Traffic-status updates can be checked on the TfL website.

Walking and cycling

Most of Zone One is walkable and there are many Santander Cycle hire points.

Passengers can use maps on the TfL website or Google Maps to plan walking or cycling journeys in London.

TfL has a designated tool to help passengers plan public transport, cycling, or walking routes on their website, called the TfL Journey Planner.

Its Nearby page also prompts passengers to information on local Tube, bus, river transport, DLR, TfL Rail, and Santander Cycles locations.

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