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Tube strike explained: London Underground August walkout dates, TfL lines impacted and when it starts tomorrow

The i 02/08/2021 Zaina Alibhai

Commuters face disruption this week as London Underground drivers are expected to strike in a dispute over pay for Night Tube drivers.

Last-ditch talks are being held to avert the strikes as Transport for London (TfL) has warned of disruption to the entire network if they go ahead.

The strikes will impact the services over a four-day period this week, with another four-day period of strikes planned for the end of August.

When are the London Underground strikes?

If they go ahead, the strikes will begin on Tuesday 3 August at noon, with TfL advising travellers to complete their journeys by 1pm.

That walkout will last until 11.59am on Wednesday 4 August.

A second 24-hour strike will begin on Thursday 5 August at noon, with the same travel advice in place, and last until 11.59am on Friday 6 August.

Tube drivers are due to strike again on Tuesday 24 August at noon, until 11.59am the following day.

And then again on Thursday 26 August until 11.59am on Friday 27 August, ahead of the bank holiday weekend.

What Tube lines will be affected?

TfL said it planned to run as many trains as possible but it was likely there would be no service or limited services across all lines.

Services that are running are likely to be much busier than usual, as will the DLR, London Overground and National rail services.

There are also planned closures across the Circle and District line between August 4 and 12, which will see the Circle line closed between Edgware Road and Aldgate, and the District line closed between Earl’s Court and Aldgate East. Embankment station will also be closed.

Why are London Underground and RMT drivers striking?

The strikes are over plans to abolish the pay grade of Night Tube drivers, which the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union says will threaten the loss of 200 jobs, threaten the drivers’ work-home balance, and impact other service workers.

TfL said the move was made to help preserve the Night Tube service, which is due to return after it was suspended throughout the pandemic.

It explained all of the Night Tube drivers, many of whom work part-time, have been offered the opportunity to join a full-time driver pool with responsibilities shared amongst them all.

TfL added: “No driver has lost their job as a result of these changes, or will do, nor has any driver been forced to take duties that they do not want to do.”

The RMT argued the “cash-led move” to abolish the driver grades was “aimed at shunting staff around the combine at will”.

General Secretary Mick Lynch said the plans “rip up an agreement that protects 3,000 Tube drivers’ work-life balance”, and were “a blatant attempt to now use the pandemic to start bulldozing through a savage programme of cuts”.

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