Tube strike on Wednesday and Thursday – here’s what you need to know

Travel information ahead of strikes this week

Transport unions and London Underground have failed to reach an agreement in a dispute over Tube worker conditions and pay ahead of the 24-hour Tube extension in September. A strike will effectively close down the Tube for over 24 hours beginning at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8.

It is set to be the most comprehensive Tube strike in over a decade.

RMT, UNITE and TSSA unions are all beginning their 24-hour strikes on Wednesday at 6.30pm, and then the train drivers’ union will begin their strike three hours later at 9.30pm, which means that Tubes will not be running well into Thursday night.

Here’s the official transport information from Transport for London:

If the strike goes ahead, there will be no Tube service from late afternoon on Wednesday 8 July and no Tube service at all on Thursday 9 July.

Customers are advised to complete their Tube journeys by 18:00 on Wednesday 8 July, and travel earlier if possible. Tube services are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:00 and 18:00 and will begin to stop running after this time.

Extra bus and river services will run to help Londoners get around and roadworks will be suspended wherever possible but all public transport and roads will be much busier than usual. Allow more time for your journey.

London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and trams will all operate a normal service but all public transport and roads will be much busier than usual. Allow more time for your journey.

Marshals will help manage demand at taxi ranks at central London National Rail stations.

Travel ambassadors and volunteers will be handing out maps at transport hubs in central London and helping Londoners find alternative ways to get around.

We will be updating this page with the latest information.


During the strike, we will put around 200 extra buses on the roads to help Londoners get around.

Diversions will be in place in the City of London on Thursday 9 July from 18:30 until 20:30 for the Standard Chartered Great City Race, affecting bus routes 4, 8, 11, 21, 23, 25, 26, 43, 56, 76, 100, 133, 141, 153, 172, 214, 242, 271, 388, and 521.

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

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National Rail

Chiltern Railways services will not stop at stations between Marylebone and Great Missenden:

Travelling southbound in the morning peak

Travelling northbound in the evening peak

Chiltern trains travelling in the opposite direction at these times will stop at stations between Marylebone and Great Missenden as usual.

There will be no First Great Western services between Paddington and Greenford for 48 hours from 18:00 on Wednesday 8 July as a result of separate strike action.

All other National Rail services will operate as normal, however these are expected to be much busier than usual as a result of customers using alternative routes.

For further information on other forms of transport including cycling, air travel, coaches and for how to travel to Wimbledon, click here for TfL’s information page.

*** This story was updated on Wednesday 8 July to include news that the unions and London Underground had failed to avert strike action ***

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