More Strikes Mean Elizabeth Line Closure This Week

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More Strikes Mean Elizabeth Line Closure This Week
A purple Elizabeth line roundel
The central section of the Elizabeth line will be shut down on Thursday. Image: TfL

More rail strikes affect London this week, with union action meaning no service on the central section of the Elizabeth line on Thursday 12 January.

The strike action is by TSSA and Prospect union members, in a dispute over pay and proposed changes to pensions. The action, which was announced back in December, will see the first strike of its kind on the Elizabeth line since it opened in May 2021.

And the change to the service doesn't end there; from 12 January right through to 28 February, union members will also carry out action short of a strike (which means only working contracted hours, and not providing contingency cover), which TfL has warned may mean short-notice disruption up until March.

Driver's cab view through the tunnels
Image: Paige Kahn/Londonist

TSSA organiser, Mel Taylor said that the union's members had sent a very clear message to Rail for London (Infrastructure) Limited (RfLI) that they are 'not prepared to be pushed around on pay and pensions.'

"Frankly," said Taylor, "We have been left with little option because we know workers at RfLI are being paid significantly less than equivalent colleagues across the TfL network.

"That is simply not good enough. Our members have the power to bring the Elizabeth line to a standstill and the company must now wake up to that fact and get back round the table."

Last Updated 10 January 2023