48 Hour Tube Strike Starts Monday

Rachel Holdsworth
By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 56 months ago
48 Hour Tube Strike Starts Monday

tubestation_270414A 48 hour tube strike by RMT members is set to begin at 9pm on Monday 28 April.

This may be famous last words, but there doesn't seem to be any prospect of a last-minute cancellation. The dispute is over the closure of all tube ticket offices and the loss of 950 jobs. It's more complex than just safety vs modernisation, as the the two sides would have us believe. We wrote a in-depth exploration of the reasons behind the tube strikes in February — the basic issues are still the same.

This particular strike — and another one, set for 9pm on 5 May, lasting three days — has been sparked by London Underground's reconfirmation that all ticket offices will close. Common ground had been reached back in February, when LU said it would conduct a station-by-station review with the unions. However, the LU line has now changed, and all that's up for negotiation is the timetable for closures and staffing levels on stations.

As with previous strikes, LU says it will be able to run a limited service. If you want to use the tube during the strike period, you can see the planned service below. But of course, the situation is subject to change at short notice so check before you travel or have a look at Station Master's realtime tube strike map.

Trains are expected to run between 7am (note: last time it took much longer to get services up and running) and 11pm on Tuesday and Wednesday on the following lines:

Bakerloo: trains will run approx every six minutes between Queen's Park and Elephant and Castle. Will not call at: Edgware Road, Embankment, Kilburn Park, Lambeth North, Maida Vale, Piccadilly Circus and Regent’s Park.
Central: trains from Epping / Hainault to Leytonstone every 10 minutes. This may be extended to Holborn — last time out, the line at one point was running as far as Marble Arch. To the west, trains will run every 10-15 minutes between West Ruislip and White City, which could be extended to Ealing Broadway. Will not call at: Redbridge, Gants Hill and Wanstead.
Circle: no specific Circle line trains, but District, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan line trains will be running to some stations.
District: trains will run every 12 minutes between Wimbledon and Barking, and every 12 minutes between Ealing Broadway and Tower Hill. Will not call at: Aldgate East, Blackfriars, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Stepney Green and Temple.
Hammersmith and City: trains will run approx every 10 minutes between Hammersmith and Aldgate. Will not call at: Barbican, Euston Square and Great Portland Street.
Jubilee: a service will run between Wembley Park and Stratford approx every seven minutes. Will not call at: Bermondsey, Canada Water, St. John’s Wood, Southwark and Swiss Cottage.
Metropolitan: trains will run approx every 10 minutes between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate. Will not call at: Barbican, Euston Square and Great Portland Street.
Northern: drivers on the Northern line mainly belong to Aslef union, so a relatively normal service will run approx every five minutes. Will not call at: Angel, Borough, Chalk Farm, Charing Cross, Clapham North, Clapham South, Colliers Wood, Embankment, Goodge Street, Hampstead, Leicester Square, Mill Hill East, Mornington Crescent, Old Street, Oval, South Wimbledon, Tooting Bec and Warren Street.
Piccadilly: trains will run approx every 20 minutes between Acton Town and Heathrow, and every 12 minutes between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters. Will not call at: Heathrow Terminal 4, Heathrow Terminal 5, Hounslow West and Southgate.
Victoria: trains will run approx every five minutes between Seven Sisters and Victoria, possibly extending to Brixton. Will not call at: Pimlico, Vauxhall and Warren Street.
Waterloo and City: no service.

The Heathrow Express will also run a reduced service on 29 and 30 April, running twice an hour, because of strike action over job cuts. Heathrow Connect will not run at all.

See also:

Photo by Stuart Sunley from the Londonist Flickr pool

Last Updated 27 April 2014