Welcome to the winter of discontent – this time featuring staff of London Underground who are going out on strike
London Underground S Stock train at Farringdon – Image, Economy Class and Beyond
The planned strike is due to commence on Sunday 8th January 18:00, running through to Monday 9th January… with a “normal” service expected to resume on the 11th January.
The strike by station staff is a nasty one – as it will mean that Zone 1 stations (Central London) will be hit, with the stations closed (the zone 1 boundary being encircled by the Circle Line) .
Transport for London are proposing to operate the following services:
- A limited service will operate on the District, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines, although trains will not stop at all stations
- National Rail stations will be open, however there will be no services at the following
- King’s Cross St Pancras
- London Bridge
- London Underground will run will run shuttle services wherever possible at the end of lines from approximately, but not traverse zone 1 between 0700-1900
- No services will operate on:
- The Victoria line
- The Waterloo and City line
- The Piccadilly line serving Heathrow terminals 4 & 5
Other TfL services (such as DLR, TfL Rail, Buses, River) are operating – however expect them to be packed out on Monday.
It’s best to keep an eye on the TfL pages to see what’s happening with this strike.
If you are planning to take Heathrow Connect/Heathrow Express into Paddington, Gatwick Express to Victoria or a Stansted Express to Liverpool Street, expect a fight for a taxi with limited underground trains from these stations.
Sadly, this isn’t the only upcoming strike. British Airways Mixed fleet is due to go on strike shortly, as well as Southern Rail.
Expect a turbulent winter ahead.
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