Tube Strike To Go Ahead Today

Disruption for thousands of commuters ahead

The entire London Underground service, a total of 260 stations and eleven lines, is set to be shut down from about 1800 hours today as the tube strike goes ahead, following the failure of last minute talks between unions and management.

Commuters frantic to avoid walking home this evening are expected to pack tubes between 1600 and 1800 as Transport for London ( TfL) warns that the strike- which will run all day Thursday could include some disruption on Friday.

TfL said it would lay on 200 extra buses and river services to cope with increased demand- the congestion charge will remain in place throughout the strike.

The DLR and London Overground services are not affected. TfL says:

Wednesday 8 July
Tube services will stop running at around 18:00, so please complete any Tube journeys by that time. Services are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:00 and 18:00. Please travel earlier if you can and allow more time for your journey.

Thursday 9 July
There will be no Tube service all day. Extra bus and river services will run. Other public transport and roads will be much busier than usual, especially during peak hours. Please travel outside the peak times if you can.

Please click here for a copy of the Central London bus map

Friday 10 July
There may be some disruption during the morning as services resume.

Staff on the bus network, the DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Trams, river services, Emirates Air Line and Santander Cycles are not on strike. There is separate strike action by the RMT on First Great Western services from Thursday 9 July for 48-hours.

Oyster pay as you go, Travelcards and contactless payment cards can all be used on National Rail services as normal.

For the most up-to-date information, including travel advice, please click here

The strike is over the pay and conditions for drivers when the 24 hour tube operation is introduced on certain lines from 12 September.

The offer which includes a 2% rise this year and £2,000 bonus for drivers on the new night Tube was described as a 'full and final' offer by LU's chief operating officer Steve Griffiths.

First Great Western services to and from Paddington will also be disrupted for 48 hours from Wednesday evening due to a strike by the RMT over working conditions.

July 8, 2015