The RMT union has confirmed that strike action on the Underground is going ahead in a move that is stopping almost all service across the Tube network. The service was expected to be affected by three days of national rail strikes but the union called those off at the last minute. The dispute between the RMT and TfL is a separate issue from that between the union and Network Rail and the train operating companies, meaning the London strike is going ahead.
Travellers using the Tube and overground services are being urged to plan ahead and avoid using the network on the day of the strike. TfL is also warning that services will not return to normal until mid-morning on the day following the strike.
This morning around a dozen members of the RMT union and Unite gathered at King’s Cross St Pancras for a picket. The group arrived at 7am, placing a banner reading “RMT” close to the station. Nearby commuters were seen being turned away from packed buses as the Tube station was closed off.
When is the Tube strike?
London Underground staff who are members of the RMT union are staging a 24-hour walkout on Thursday 10 November. The union says staff are striking over pay, conditions and pensions. In late October it accused TfL of “colluding” with the government to impose a £100 million pensions cut and of trying to get rid of 600 Underground station staff.
The strike action means limited or no service across the entire Tube network and will have a knock-on effect on other parts of the TfL network. Passengers have been told not to try to travel by Underground during the day and to expect continued disruption on services until at least 8am on Friday 11 November.
Are any Tube lines still running?
Services on nine London Underground lines are suspended today (10 November), while on other services part routes are operational. Here’s the latest:
Central Line: Service operating between Hainault - Woodford, Hainault - Liverpool Street, Epping - Leytonstone, White City - Ealing Broadway and between North Acton - West Ruislip at a reduced frequency. No service on the rest of the line.
District Line: Service operating between Dagenham East and West Ham at a reduced frequency. No service on the rest of the line.
London Overgrond: No service between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt, Chingford, Enfield Town all day. Trains will not stop at Canada Water. Good service on all other routes.
Northern Line: Reduced service operating between High Barnet and East Finchley, between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East, and between Edgware and Golders Green. No service on the rest of the line.
There is good service on the Elizabeth Line and DLR. All other lines are suspended.
Is the Elizabeth line affected?
The Elizabeth line services from Reading, Heathrow, and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels of the line but travellers are being warned that these services are likely to be very busy. Tram services will also be reduced on the day of the strike and are likely to be far busier as travellers look for other ways to get around the city.