The London Underground is experiencing strikes on five of its busiest lines — but when are the strikes happening and which TFL tube lines will be impacted? Here’s vverything you need to know…
Drivers are striking across the London Underground’s busiest lines, amidst a union dispute.
Transport for London (TfL), who run the network, have warned that they expect severe disruption.
The strikes were called by the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).
RMT drivers were told not to clock on from 4:30 am on November 26.
The Tube handles up to five million passengers per day and is vital for workers and tourists in and around London.
The strike will cause major disruption for millions of people, as the RMT try to reach an agreement with TFL.
So where are the tube strikes happening and what days can we expect disruption?
Which tube lines are impacted by the strikes?
The following lines are currently impacted by the strikes:
- Jubilee line
- Central line
- Northern line
- Piccadilly line
- Victoria line
TfL said there would be severe disruption and little to no service on these lines.
Meanwhile, the Waterloo & City line will not be operating.
The Bakerloo, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines are all either ‘operating as normal’, or have been flagged as ‘busier than usual’.
The five lines affected are among the busiest of all the 11 London Underground lines.
When are the tube strikes happening?
The first strikes began on November 26 at 4:30am and the RMT warned that the strike would last 24 hours.
Train staff have also been instructed to strike every Saturday and Sunday in the lead up to Christmas.
All train operators and instructors on the Central and Victoria lines have been instructed to strike between 8:30pm and 4:29am on these days.
The strikes could have an impact on Black Friday sales, as shoppers go on to the high street in search of pre-Christmas deals.
Another 24 hour strike protest by RMT workers is currently scheduled on December 18 and 19 between 4:30am and 4:29am.
Why are the tube strikes happening?
The RMT called the strike to coincide with the reopening of the Night Tube, which was suspended during the pandemic.
The dispute, described as a ‘staffing problem’, is in reference to the night shifts that drivers are required to work to allow for the restart of the Night Tube.
Before the pandemic, Night Tube drivers were on separate rotas from drivers during the day. They are now part of the same rotas, and the London Underground want them to be split among all the drivers.
It could mean that drivers are required to work up to four weekend night shifts a year.
General Secretary of RMT, Mick Lynch, said: “This strike is about the ripping apart of popular and family friendly agreements that helped make the original Night Tube such a success.”
“Instead the company want to cut costs and lump all drivers into a pool where they can be kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management.”
Meanwhile, London Underground’s director of customer operations, Nick Dent, said they were ‘willing to work’ with RMT once Night Tube services have returned.
“This review can only be successful if the RMT agrees to meet us for talks and withdraws its proposed action so we can all see how these changes will work in practice.”
The other drivers’ union, ASLEF, signed up to the agreement.