London Tube Strike and The Lines Affected

Starting at the end of November and leading up to Christmas there will be a severe disruption as passengers are warned.

The major 24-hour strike by London Underground staff is set to go ahead on Friday morning, with commuters warned that their journeys could be hit by “severe disruption”.

Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union drivers who work on the Victoria, Central, Northern, Piccadilly and Jubilee lines have been told not to turn up for work from 4.30am.

There will also be action overnight from 8.30pm to 4.30am each Saturday and Sunday, starting this weekend.

The planned walkouts are due to continue on different days until 18 December, unless a deal can be strike. Both the RMT and Transport for London (TfL) have said they “remain open to talks”.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the union “remains open for talks”, but that Tube bosses have “refused point blank to consider the serious grievances at the heart of the dispute”.

The strike times in full:

  • 4.30am 26 November – 4.29am 27 November (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm 27 November – 4.29am 28 November (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm 3 December – 4.29am 4 December (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm 4 December – 4.29am 5 December (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm 10 December – 4.29am 11 December (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm 11 December – 4.29am 12 December (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 8.30pm 17 December – 4.29am 18 December (Central and Victoria lines)
  • 4.30am 18 December – 4.29am 19 December (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)

The TfL expressed its disappointment and said “We are hugely disappointed,”

The lines affected

The lines affected are Victoria, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Central lines.

There are expected to be Some significant delays are expected on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, with little or no service in places.

Although no strikes are happening on the Bakerloo, Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines, they could feel the knock-on effect on those lines.

RMT union is at odds with TfL over driver shift patterns as Night Tube returns.

The RMT union called the strikes to happened just as the reintroduction of Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines starting the evening of Saturday 27 November, and on weekends throughout December.

Gates shut at King's Cross station
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Way back in 2016, the RMT went into dispute in part due to the Night Tube rotas. Then two separate rotas had been created along with two grades which kept Night Tube drivers separate.

TfL says drivers will have to work about four Night Tube shifts yearly as the changes have been agreed by other unions .

The RMT has argue that workloads being forced on Tube drivers would “wreck their work-life balance by bulldozing through additional night and weekend working”.

Lynch said: “We warned months ago that slashing two hundred Night Tube Train Driver positions would create a staffing nightmare and LU need to start facing up to that reality and soon.