Tube strike: how to get around London this week

Many Londoners had been hoping this week’s planned Tube strike would not go ahead, however, while talks continue, it looks as though we will have to prepare for travel chaos again.

Transport for London (TfL) said 75% of Tube stations stayed open during the strike last week, but that information will be little comfort to those who waited outside Tube stations for them to open or had to find a different mode of transport altogether.

Just as last week, TfL has said it will ensure passengers are able to carry out their journeys as quickly and easily as possible while the strike is on. RMT and TSSA unions plan to strike from 9.30pm tonight until the end of Thursday 13.

General advice and information

TfL has advised travellers to top up their Oyster cards in advance of the strike action where possible.

The Tube lines that are running will open from around 7am and finish at 11pm, with no service beyond that. However, the last services from central London may depart significantly earlier than this, at around 9.30pm.

Other modes of transport are also likely to be extremely busy.

Trained TfL Ambassadors and volunteers will also be on hand to provide customers with travel information and advice on the ground.

TfL is urging all customers to plan ahead and to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk and follow @TfLTravelAlerts@TfLTrafficNews and@TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

It has issued the following advice on travel:

Tube

Bakerloo line

We hope to be able to run trains between Queen’s Park and Elephant & Castle around every six minutes in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Edgware Road, Embankment, Kilburn Park, Lambeth North, Maida Vale, Piccadilly Circus or Regent’s Park stations.

Central line

No service would operate through the central area. We intend to run trains:

•             between Epping and Leytonstone around every ten minutes in both directions

•             between West Ruislip and White City around every 10-15 minutes in both directions.

Circle line

See District line, Hammersmith & City line and Metropolitan line below.

District line

We intend to run trains:

•             between Upminster and Wimbledon around every six minutes in both directions

•             between Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington around every 10 minutes in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Aldgate East, Blackfriars, Fulham Broadway, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Stepney Green, or Temple stations.

Hammersmith & City line

We intend to run trains between Hammersmith and Moorgate around every ten minutes in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Barbican, Euston Square and Great Portland Street stations.

Jubilee line

We intend to run trains:

•             between Stanmore and Finchley Road around every five minutes in both directions

•             between Waterloo and Stratford around every five minutes in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Bermondsey, Canada Water and Southwark stations.

Metropolitan line

We intend to run trains between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate around every ten minutes in both directions. These trains would not stop at Barbican, Euston Square and Great Portland Street stations.

Northern line

We intend to run trains over the whole line, with a train around every five minutes via both the Bank and Charing Cross branches in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Angel, Borough, Chalk Farm, Charing Cross, Clapham North, Clapham South, Colliers Wood, Embankment, Goodge Street, Leicester Square, Mornington Crescent, Oval, South Wimbledon, Tufnell Park and Warren Street stations.

Piccadilly line

No service would operate through the central area. We intend to run trains between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 around every 20 minutes in both directions, and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters around every 12 minutes in both directions.

These trains would not stop at Heathrow Terminal 4, Hounslow West or Southgate stations.

Victoria line

We intend to run trains between Seven Sisters and Victoria around every five minutes in both directions. If possible we will extend these services to Brixton. These trains would not stop at Pimlico, Vauxhall and Warren Street stations.

Waterloo & City line

No service.

DLR

A normal service will operate. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground (LU) may be affected.

Buses

London buses operate around 700 routes and services are being boosted with around 200 extra buses on key routes – more than planned;

TfL Ambassadors and volunteers are being deployed to bus stations and hubs to provide customers with travel information and advice on the ground.

London Overground

A normal service will operate. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected.

Tramlink

A normal service will operate.

Emirates Air Line

A normal service will operate. LU tickets will be accepted on Emirates Air Line services on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February.

Cycling

Barclays Cycle Hire will be available to members and casual users, although demand is likely to be high, and cycles harder to access, during peak time.

Londoners who own a bike are encouraged to cycle to work, and a Cycle Journey Planner is provided at tfl.gov.uk/cyclejourneyplanner.

TfL is writing to hundreds of businesses across London to ask them to be flexible and make it easy for staff to cycle to work, and to allow staff to wear casual clothes on the day.

River Services

Enhanced River services will be in place, including on Route RB1 between Greenland (Surrey Quays) / Canary Wharf and London Bridge.

An additional centre London service (Tower/ Bankside / Westminster / London Eye) during the AM and PM peaks.

In combination with the normal timetabled service, this will provide a 10 to 15 minute frequency on most central London piers during the morning and evening peaks.

Taxis & Private Hire

Between 7.00am and 11.00am on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February, a marshaled taxi service will operate at seven major London rail termini – Waterloo, Liverpool St, London Bridge, King’s Cross, Victoria, Charing Cross, and Marylebone. The marshals will manage taxi and passenger queues and provide advice and assistance to taxi passengers and other members of the public.

Between 7.00pm and Midnight on Tuesday 11 February a marshaled taxi service will operate at the same seven stations, plus Euston.

Private hire and minicab services will be running as normal. Details for licensed private hire and minicab operators in London are available at tfl.gov.uk/cabwise

National Rail

Oyster Pay As You Go is accepted for all National Rail journeys within Greater London;

Travelcards are also valid for travel on National Rail within the zones purchased.

Walking

Walking maps will be provided online, in bus, rail, and Tube stations in Zone 1 and other key outer London stations, with TfL Ambassadors and volunteers helping people plan their routes around the city.

People are urged to consider walking for short journeys, where possible.

Roads

To help keep traffic flowing, the Congestion Charge will remain in operation throughout the strike;

TfL will be delaying or curtailing road works on major London roads wherever possible and has encouraged all London boroughs to take similar measures on their network. TfL will also work with the Metropolitan Police to minimise the impact of congestion.

TfL will be working to keep traffic flowing around major transport hubs.

Londoners and commuters are encouraged to keep journeys by car to a minimum to enable public transport to move freely.

Coaches

Several coach operators, including National Express and Green Line, offer services that stop in a number of locations throughout London.

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