London Underground Expects To Run These Lines During Tube Strike

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 51 months ago
London Underground Expects To Run These Lines During Tube Strike

coventgardenclosed_030214Transport for London has announced the services it will try and run during this week's 48 hour strike.

The RMT and TSSA have called strikes in response to the loss of 950 jobs stemming from London Underground's plans to close all tube station ticket offices. This week's strike is scheduled to start at 9.30pm on Tuesday; services won't be back to normal until Friday morning.

On Wednesday and Thursday, this is what LU thinks it can run between 7am and 11pm each day. There will be Travel Ambassadors at stations helping with alternative routes; going from previous experience we can only advise that even though some services will run, they'll be massively busy so if you can make other arrangements, do. We'll keep you updated if there are any significant changes to these plans during the strike.

Update 11 February: the list below has been updated for the strike 11-13 February.


Trains will run between Queen's Park and Elephant Castle every six minutes but will not call at: Edgware Road, Embankment, Kilburn Park, Lambeth North, Maida Vale, Piccadilly Circus or Regent’s Park.


Trains will run only between Epping and Leytonstone every 10 minutes and West Ruislip and White City every 10-15 minutes. No central London service.


Basically no service, so use District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan line trains instead.


Trains will run between Upminster and Wimbledon every six minutes and Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington every 10 minutes but will not call at: Aldgate East, Blackfriars, Fulham Broadway, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Stepney Green or Temple.

Hammersmith & City

Trains will run between between Hammersmith and Moorgate around every ten minutes but will not call at: Barbican or Great Portland Street.


Trains will run between Stanmore and Finchley Road and between Waterloo and Stratford every five minutes but will not call at: Bermondsey, Canada Water and Southwark. Extremely limited zone 1 service.


Trains will run between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate every ten minutes but will not call at: Barbican or Great Portland Street.


Trains will run to all destinations every five minutes via Bank and Charing Cross but will not call at: Angel, Borough, Chalk Farm, Charing Cross, Clapham North, Clapham South, Embankment, Goodge Street, Leicester Square, Mornington Crescent, Oval, South Wimbledon, Tufnell Park and Warren Street.


Trains will run between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 around every 20 minutes and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters every 12 minutes but will not call at: Heathrow Terminal 4 and Southgate. No central London service.


Trains will run between Seven Sisters and Victoria every five minutes but will not call at: Pimlico, Vauxhall or Warren Street.

Waterloo & City

No service.

The DLR and Overground will run as normal and extra buses are being put on major routes. But again, expect them to be busy.

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Last Updated 03 February 2014


Surely bringing grief to the daily commuters using the service and not involved in the decision itself is the best way to have them sympathize with the point you're trying to make


It's annoying but I hope they win. If Boris gets away with his tube cuts the disruption will be much worse.


I find it hard to sympathise - TfL staff are paid well and treated well, which is more than I get. There was no fanfare when I was made redundant three times over the past year, replaced with unpaid interns, or for the low paid job I've had to take that barely covers my living and travel costs. The times are tough, it sucks, but it's tough for lots of people. It's not fair to disrupt everyone's day, especially those whose hourly rate is lower than their travel costs, just because they can.

Thomas Ogilvie

Wouldn't a better strategy be for the 'strikers' to open all the Tube gates and let commuters travel free for a day? Hurts the TfL in the same way, raises awareness for their cause, and doesn't alienate London.


Wonder If I could strike? Oh... no... I would lose my job!!!


I no longer live in London but when I come to London I bring my Oyster card, if you have an Oyster card you can top it up at a News Vendor in most high streets so do you really need ticket offices? Just get an Oyster Card! the only effect is on tourists and we don't have that many tourists in February do we?


No-one likes change but its a fact there is now n such thing as 'a job for life' we all will be flexible enough to work in many different ways throughout our working life; that's progress! Unfortunately the unions rely on their members for their income less members less income. Poor Mr Crow. I was brought up in a mining community, the changes there resulted in longer lives, healthier people, better living conditions and more importantly an open mind to alternative work and careers.


The more strikes there are, the more I support driverless trains. I fully support the right of tube workers to fight for their jobs, but I don't think strikes are the right way to go about it - it doesn't hurt LU because I've already bought my travel card, but it does alienate the public, who would have been most likely to support keeping drivers in trains and ticket offices open.


Why do these people think they hold any value when they can be easily replaced by robots? Instead of striking they should be trying to negotiate a heavy pay cut to save their job. Reminds me of the fast food cashiers striking in the USA for higher wages then finding out the next day they've been fired and replaced by self service machines.


Situation is not ideal for anyone.

For TfL workers - job losses, cuts, replaced by machines, sucks.
For Londoners - getting to their jobs, going about their daily lives is going to be a nightmare.

For George Osborne or Boris - It's another normal day doing PR stunts and TV interviews, they don't take the tube, they don't care.

The point of strikes is to gather momentum and public sympathy so they can become a pressure tool in negotiations. They work when the public is in on it, the problem is we've all been fine tuned to only think about ourselves, and worse, most of us just don't quite get economics. Because what affects the regular TfL employee will in some form affect the entire city - it's a vicious circle of layoffs, lowering purchasing power, unemployment, economy at large suffering.

TfL has a HUGE reserve of cash that they keep hanging around for their future projects. They could in theory work out a handsome agreement that makes everyone happy, there aren't many things in this world that money won't solve. But they won't and Bob Crow is in to make a name for himself as much as any other politician - it's a power game and he's in it to win it.

If the economy wasn't slowly recovering and we were in worse times I'd say you would have gotten more public sympathy with this. In fact they might have gained momentum and got support from other unions. This is highly unlikely now. For most of us its just another day, if we can't make it to the office we will work from home.

I personally feel for the employees losing their jobs just like I feel for the Royal Mail employees and for all victims of the Tories' savage attacks. But its not like on the other isle you have Karl Marx waving his magic wand - Labour's economic policies are just as bad and blurred. At least Tories have numbers to back up their policies, Labour don't have much....


replace them with machines, save us all money


As someone who works for London Underground on the gateline in a busy central London station I get the sense from regular commuters underestimate the importance of ticket offices.

My job is busy dealing with customers asking for directions (outside and on the tube), ticketing queries, ticket machine problems, customers having problems with the gates, fare evaders, keeping an eye out the escalators, security checks and any suspicious activity.

With the number of customers asking ticketing questions it is really helpful when the ticket office is open and my collegaues there can deal with the all the ques of people efficiently while I carry out the rest of my duties.

The number one thing from customers tends to be either buying several oyster cards (which takes forever on a machine, and impossible for tourists with a foreign credit debit card) and those trying to get back the deposit and balance for their card (only possible from a ticket office). Ever since London Underground management have decided to erode the opening times of the ticket offices alot of tourists leave London losing the oyster card deposit money (the same money we said they could get back if they can find an open ticket office before they leave).

Ticket offices are very important for making refunds and adjustments made to incorrect pay as you go oyster charges. Now when the office is closed we on the gates are left with the short end of the stick with customers having a go at us or leaving with poor service and the best thing we can do is offer an apology and an 0845 number to contact. Now with all but 6 ticket offices closing what kind of CUSTOMER service will be offered to all these customers with issues? What will a person on the gateline with an iPad (new LU proposals) be able to do to solve these customer transaction issues? From previous experience I've seen this has can occasionally lead to confrontation and assaults against staff

Ticket office staff are also responsible for filling the machines with change and doing the banking records.

When the ticket office is closed it makes my job alot more challenging.

Just a glimpse into the importance of the ticket office. Now this coupled with all the cuts proposed on the station side of LU, stations sharing supervisors (imagine emergency situations without the supervisor to implement the correct protocol) and other cuts going on with train depot staff (train maintainers etc) it is very worrying as an employee.

I've never been one to cry wolf but I see one!


all i can see from this is the workers saying

'Look how important we are, people need to ask us things so we'll not be there for 2 days and cause the people who have done NOTHING to us great stress and inconvenience so they can see how much they need us'

tbh this to me is buying your own rope as you're giving an excuse to find a better alternative to the 950 people which can't strike


les knibbs
because of strike it should n whyot cost more mony to get to work but it does why