London Underground workers set for disruptive strike

A tube strike due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8 and continue all day on Thursday July 9 is set to cause major disruption to transport across London.


Transport for London’s website will be updated regularly with all the latest news on the strike and the status of London Underground lines.

Tubes are expected to be “exceptionally busy” between 4pm and 6pm – just after the Budget – as people try to get home before the 24-hour strike officially starts at 6.30pm.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the action was political and accused the unions of having no interest in doing a deal.

Uber’s say their price-surge system is created to encourage more drivers onto the road at busy times.

Transport for London argues that running Tube services 24 hours a day on weekends would support jobs, boost the economy and keep the capital in line with other global cities like New York or Berlin.

Travel app Citymapper’s Get Me Somewhere feature will give you every option for your journey that doesn’t involve the Tube, if you plan a trip for sometime during the strike it will list a “strike safe” option in its route suggestions.

To reach the Wimbledon tennis tournament, which ends this weekend, TfL said it was organising a taxi-sharing service from the nearest train station.

We aren’t opposed to all night services but we want them introduced in a fair and sensible way which rewards staff for their hard work and the contribution they make to the success of the London Underground.’.

“They squandered the window of opportunity to resolve this dispute by refusing to move their position in the slightest for three months and then demanding that all four trade unions accept an offer in one afternoon“.

“I think most reasonable people will look at the offer that’s on the table from London Underground and find it impossible to fathom why the unions are rejecting it”, he said.

Tourists and sightseers will probably also struggle to get around the city and may not relish the prospect of jostling elbows with enraged commuters trying to pack themselves like sardines into buses. Aslef workers will begin their strike action at 21:30.

Extra buses and river services will be in place tomorrow (Thursday), but road traffic is set to spike.

Commuters at Earls Court underground station, awaiting the arrival of a train, attempt to complete their journey on Wednesday evening, in London, Britain.


“The numbers using London Underground late at night have nearly doubled over the last decade, and because of recent sustained investment in modernising your Tube network we can run overnight on Fridays and Saturdays on five lines from later this year”.

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