Upcoming Tube strikes – worse that we thought

Both of the main unions for Tube Drivers have now announced strikes and Transport for London have indicated that disruption is likely to go on for much longer than they originally expected. Initially, the strikes were going to cause disruption for 24 hours. Now they are saying that it could take three days to get services back to normal.

The TfL announcement is here:


Dear Markie
In response to the changes and modernisation plans we have announced for London Underground, I am sorry to tell you the RMT and TSSA unions have called two 48‑hour strikes.
If the strikes go ahead, Tube services will be affected from:
  About 21:30 on Tuesday 4 February until the morning of Friday 7 February
  About 21:30 on Tuesday 11 February until the morning of Friday 14 February

We will work hard to run as many trains as possible. There will be disruption and Tube stations, including those with step‑free access, may need to close at short notice. TfL Ambassadors and volunteers will be on hand to offer travel advice. Other services will be busier than usual; you may find it easier to travel outside busy times if possible. For the latest updates and to plan your journey, please visit tfl.gov.uk
The strike is in response to changes we propose to make to Tube services which would mean more staff will be visible and available, with stations staffed and controlled at all times services are running.
We would like to ask for your patience on the strike days.

Yours sincerely,
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  1. Having read the first email that TfL sent out last week, it always was going to be a 48 hour walkout starting late on Tuesday evening. The email is just worded in such a way that most people (ie those who travel during the day & evening before 9:30pm) can expect to be inconvenienced on Wednesday & Thursday with a ‘normal day’ service resuming on Friday morning.

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