London Tube, bus and Overground strike today: What services are affected?

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London Tube, bus and Overground strike today: What services are affected?

Commuters are facing travel misery on Friday as strike action affects the Tube, London Overground and some bus services.

Around 10,000 members of the RMT union are staging a 24-hour walkout in an ongoing dispute over jobs and pensions, while 1,100 members of Unite union are striking on the Underground, Croydon Tramlink, and Victoria coach station.

London bus drivers will join London Underground and Overground workers on their strike on August 19.

London’s bus drivers, represented by Unite union, are striking over a pay offer which the union says is a pay cut when considering the current rates of inflation.

This action is the latest in a series of strikes that have disrupted the UK’s rail network this summer.

In July, thousands of RMT union members who work for Network Rail and 14 train operators walked out, resulting in only one in five trains running.

There was also a strike on July 30, when ASLEF union members walked out, followed by an ASLEF strike on August 13 and further RMT strikes on August 18 and 20.

Find out below which services will be affected.

Which companies took strike action on August 13?

ASLEF union members went on strike on Saturday, August 13, with nine train companies impacted: Arriva Rail London, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, Greater Anglia, Great Western, Hull Trains, LNER, London Overground, Southeastern, and West Midlands Trains.

London Overground or Night Overground services also did not operate on Saturday, according to TfL.

When is the London Underground, Overground, and bus strike?

The tube network will be disrupted on August 19 as both London Underground and Overground workers walk out.

London buses will also be impacted on August 19 by a separate Unite union strike, which will see more than 1,600 drivers walk out on August 19 and August 20.

The bus depots that will be affected by the industrial action are Fulwell, Hounslow, Hounslow Heath, Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Brook, and Tolworth.

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Which London Underground services will be affected?

All Tube lines and the Overground will be affected during the strike, with either a reduced service or no service at all.

When 10,000 Tube workers walked out in June, some Tube services were running every 15-20 minutes and were only running on part of the line.

Other lines, such as the Victoria, Circle, and Waterloo & City lines, were closed.

Which London Overground services are impacted?

London Overground services did not run on August 1.

On August 19 TFL say there is no service between Liverpool Street - Cheshunt / Chingford / Enfield Town due to strike action.

A reduced service is operating Highbury & Islington - Clapham Junction / New Cross / Crystal Palace / West Croydon. Severe delays between Stratford - Richmond / Clapham Junction and good service between Romford - Upminster and Gospel Oak - Barking Riverside.

What about the trams and DLR?

Trams and the DLR are running today.

Why are London Underground workers striking?

The RMT union said it is taking industrial action over “TfL’s refusal to share the details of a draft government proposal they received regarding funding of the transport system in the capital, in secret and without any discussion with their recognised trade unions.”

In a statement, the union said that London Underground and TfL management have “consistently refused to engage in discussions around safeguarding jobs, pensions and conditions on the spurious grounds that they are unable to give any assurances to our members until they have a financial settlement with the government.”

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This strike action by our members on London Underground and the Overground is yet another demonstration of how transport workers refuse to accept a raw deal.

“TfL have had ample opportunity to be transparent about the funding they will receive and to give tube workers the assurances they need.Yet they have totally failed to give those guarantees.

“And Arriva Rail London, a company swimming in money, refuses to give our members a pay rise that will deal with the escalating cost of living crisis. There will be significant disruption on the 19th August but TfL and Arriva Rail London bear responsibility for this break down in industrial relations.”

Why are London bus drivers striking?

Unite union says its members are striking over a pay increase offer of 3.6 per cent in 2022 and 4.2 per cent next year. The union says: “With the true inflation rate (RPI) currently standing at 11.8 per cent, this is, in effect, a real terms pay cut.”

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “The workers’ parent company RATP is fabulously wealthy and it can fully afford to pay our members a decent wage increase.

“Unite’s members play a crucial role in keeping London moving and they are not going to accept seeing their pay constantly eroded.

“Unite does what it says on the trade union tin and always defends the jobs, pay and conditions of its members. Our members at London United will receive the union’s complete support until this dispute is resolved and a fair pay offer secured.”

When is the bus strike?

Strike action is planned across the bus network on August 19 and 20, though this will mostly affect West London.

More than 1,600 drivers at Fulwell, Hounslow, Hounslow Heath, Park Royal, Shepherd’s Bush, Stamford Brook, and Tolworth depots will walk out.

The following TfL routes will be subject to cancellations and severe reductions: 9, N9, 13, 18, N18, 23, 28, N28, 33, N33, 49, 65, N65, 70, 71, 72, N72, 85, 94, 105, 110, 116, 117, 148, 203, 211, 216, 218, 220, 223, 224, 228, 235, 258, 265, 266, N266, 272, 281, 283, 290, 293, 371, 404, 406, 411, 414, 418, 419, 423, 440, 452, 465, 467, 470, 481, 613, 635, 639, 655, 662, 665, 670, 671, 681, 696, 697, C1, C3, E1, E3, H17, H22, H32, H37, H91, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, N97, S3 and X140.