Tube strike 2015: How to get around London

Tube strikes begin tomorrow, here’s how to beat the disruption

Another Tube strike is set to hit London after Tube workers rejected an increased pay offer from Transport for London (TfL) over the introduction of the Night Tube service, which will mean longer and more anti-social working hours.

Union members from Aslef, RMT, TSSA and Unite will begin the 24-hour strike from 9.30pm on Wednesday, 5 August.

Yesterday, TfL said that Tube services will stop running at 6.30pm on Wednesday. This means that services between 4.30pm and 6.30pm will be “exceptionally busy”.

Here’s TfL’s advice on how to get around London:

On Wednesday, Tube services will stop running from 18:30, so please complete your journey by then and travel earlier if possible. Tubes are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:30 and 18:30. 

DLR, London Overground, tram and TfL Rail services will be running as normal. All of these services are expected to be much busier than usual.

London Overground

London Overground will operate normally, however, these services are expected to be much busier than usual. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected.


London Underground interchange stations may be affected by the strike action. Interchanges like Shadwell (for Overground), Stratford and Canary Wharf will be busier than normal.

The entry and exit to DLR at Bank will be through Monument station only.

National Rail and TfL Rail

All National Rail services other than Chiltern Railways will operate as normal. However, on Wednesday afternoon and during peak times on Thursday, National Rail services and terminals within London will be much busier than usual. Customers able to change their travel times are strongly advised to travel outside peak hours.


During the strike we’ll put around 250 extra buses on the roads to help Londoners get around.

Our travel ambassadors and volunteers will be at bus stations and hubs to provide customers with travel information and advice on the ground.

Buses are expected to be very busy and customers are asked to be patient with the transport staff who are at work and trying to help them get around.

Customers able to change their travel time are strongly advised to travel outside peak hours on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday. If that’s not possible, please allow more time for your journey.

For further information click here for TfL’s travel advice page.

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