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.

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  • michael theobald

    Bastards all on both sides. Not a modicum of respect for tube-users!

  • London Historians

    Is it really ALL ticket offices? Including, for example, Heathrow stations where visitors arrive for the first time and actually do need a ticket office.

    • Geoff Marshall

      Heathrow Terminal 5 is not owned by TfL or staffed by LU members. It’s all owned and run by the Civil Aviation Authority. Terms 123 & 4 tho are London Underground.

      • martin

        not sure what you think the CAA have to do with running stations – the tube station at T5 is run by Heathrow Express.

    • http://londonist.com/ Rachel Holdsworth

      Yes, it is every single ticket office. There will be about 8-10 “visitor centres” at major tourist inpoints (like Heathrow and King’s Cross, but not, weirdly, Waterloo) but that’s it – and given that these are being rebranded and not being called ticket offices I wonder if they’ll be more like tourist information offices than just selling tickets.

  • Szikla Szil@rd

    lets get on the bikes. may the Weather be kind to us:-)

    • Chandeep Khosa

      not possible when you live in zone 4 & work in zone 1 I’m afraid :)

  • Samira

    @Michaeltheobald And you don’t seem to care about people losing their jobs. The point is to create chaos to be heard so I don’t mind. People shouldfight their rights and jobs so we sshould actually be proud of them.

  • Steve

    Transport is part of the infrastructure of an international city such as London. They should be brought under the same umbrella as the police and the army. Let’s bring in legislation as soon as we can so people working in that industry aren’t allowed to strike.

    • Thom1970

      Not sure I follow that logic or where that arguement ends. While economically damaging and inconvenient the strike maybe, London transport isn’t an essential service. Nothing is stopping you from getting anywhere it will just take more effort and time.

    • BC283

      Agree 100% with Steve… NYC it is illegal to for transit strike ( they do with penalties) Thom1970…. think critical services personnel ( health/police/fire) do you really think the delay would not impact lives…. Also makes city more vulnerable to attack….

  • Gary b

    Before you start mouthing off all you people about strikers,think about the people that are going on strike and why .
    Just because these strikers have the balls to stand up and be counted unlike yourselfs,your unhappy .

    Where’s the fight in people in this day and age .

  • parkylondon

    I have, as a general rule, slagged off the RMT (especially Bob Crow, before his untimely, too early, death) in the past. They seemed to strike for any cause and early support faded because they would strike for “silly” causes.
    However… In this case, I think they are right. Closing all the ticket offices is a daft idea at best and downright dangerous at worst.

    The number of people needing ticket-type assistance far outweighs the number of people needing help on and off trains (for e.g.) and having “Ticket Centres” in central London only works if you don’t need to get the Underground to get to one!

    The problem with support for this strike is all the strikes that came before it. A case of “crying wolf” perhaps?

    • Mr Qasim

      Don’t worry guys you can use a mini cabs is very simple. You really don’t need to shout or to think more.

      • HHGeek

        You certainly can’t be thinking if you use unlicensed cabs, especially if it’s late and you’re a woman on your own.

  • Chandeep Khosa

    Small business owners already have enough obstacles to deal with, it’s not easy having a work force coming from zone 4 & 5 into zone 1 to meet. We will have to try and work from home, which will affect our business

  • Jam

    Much as this is an inconvenience to commuters like myself, that *is* the whole point of a strike. I’d be disappointed if they didn’t fight for their livelihoods, though I think they’re fighting a losing battle on this one.

  • Steph

    Just spent some days in Copenhagen and found the staff-less Metro very difficult to understand when purchasing the right ticket for complicated train/Metro journeys. On two occasions I abandoned the idea and chose to walk somewhere nearer. This is a smaller City than London so I think foreign tourists in London will have a nightmare time and probably end up paying far more than they need to. Please keep our ticket offices open and good luck to RMT for standing up to the crazy idea of closing them.