Tube strikes: how to get around London

Tube strikes this week are likely to affect the whole of London’s transport system, Transport for London has warned.

Transport unions have called two sets of 48-hour strikes in a row over plans to cut 950 Tube station and platform jobs.

TfL is warning Londoners there will disruption to services from around 9.30pm on Tuesday 4 February until the morning of Friday 7 February and again from around 9.30pm on Tuesday 11 February until the morning of Friday 14 February.

Currently is not clear which specific lines will be worst affected, however a TfL spokesman said central areas were expected to be the worst. He said the best thing passengers could do was to check before they travel at and follow @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.


Bakerloo line

Trains between Queen’s Park and Elephant & Castle around every six minutes in both directions

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

Central line

No service will operate through the central area.  Trains running:

·         between Epping and Leytonstone around every twelve minutes in both directions

·         between West Ruislip and White City around every 15 minutes in both directions

Circle line

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

District line

Trains running:

·         between Upminster and Wimbledon around every eight minutes in both directions

·         between Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington around every 20 minutes in both directions

These trains will not stop at Aldgate East, Becontree, Blackfriars, Bromley-by-Bow, Dagenham East, Dagenham Heathway, East Ham, Elm Park, Gloucester Road, Hornchurch, Plaistow, Sloane Square, Stepney Green, Temple, Upminster Bridge, Upney or Upton Park stations.

Hammersmith & City line

Trains running between Hammersmith and Moorgate around every ten minutes in both directions. These trains will not stop at Barbican, Euston Square and Great Portland Street stations.

Jubilee line

Trains running: 

·         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 will not stop at Bermondsey and Southwark stations.

Metropolitan line

Trains running between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate around every ten minutes in both directions. These trains will not stop at Barbican, Euston Square, Great Portland Street, Northwick Park and Preston Road stations.

Northern line

Trains running over the whole line (except to Mill Hill East), with a train around every five minutes via both the Bank and Charing Cross branches in both directions.

These trains will not stop at Borough, Chalk Farm, Clapham North, Clapham South, Colliers Wood, Embankment, Goodge Street, Hampstead, Highgate, Leicester Square, Mornington Crescent, Old Street, Oval, South Wimbledon, Tooting Bec, Tufnell Park and Warren Street stations.

Piccadilly line

No service through the central area. Trains running between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 around every ten minutes in both directions, and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters around every ten minutes in both directions.

These trains will not stop at Heathrow Terminal 4 or Southgate stations.

Victoria line

Trains running between Seven Sisters and Victoria around every five minutes in both directions.

These trains will not stop at Warren Street station.

Waterloo & City line

No service.


Stations which have interchanges to the Tube are might be affected, said TfL, but otherwise the DLR should be running as normal.


Buses are expected to be extremely busy. Services are being boosted with more than 100 extra buses added on key routes and TfL staff will be on hand in bus stations and hubs to assist travellers.


There will generally be a normal service on the Overground with some stations that link to the Tube affected.


Services are likely to be disrupted due to separate strike action on Wednesday 5 February. TfL is advising passengers to look at alternative routes on that day.

Emirates Air Line

A normal cable car service will operate and Tube tickets will be accepted on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February and on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February.


TfL is writing to hundreds of businesses in the capital to ask them to make it easy for staff wanting to cycle to work. It is asking businesses to be flexible and allow staff to wear casual clothes. Demand for Barclays Cycle Hire is expected to be extremely high so bicycles may be harder to access during peak times. Londoners who own a bike are encouraged to cycle to work. TfL has a cycle journey planner.

River services

In combination with the normal service, TfL will be providing enhanced services including on Route RB1 between Greenland (Surrey Quays)/Canary Wharf and London Bridge. It is also adding a London service (Tower/Bankside/Westminster/London Eye) during peak AM and PM time. This should provide a 10 to 15 minute frequency on most central London piers during the morning and evening peaks, TFL said.

Taxis and private hire

Marshalls will be managing taxi queues on 7.00am and 11.00am on Wednesday 5 February, Thursday 6, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February, at seven major London rail termini - Waterloo, Liverpool St, London Bridge, King’s Cross, Victoria, Charing Cross, and Marylebone. Between 7.00pm and Midnight on Tuesday 4 February and Tuesday 11 February, a marshalled taxi service will also operate at the same seven stations, plus Euston. Private Hire will be running as normal, but are expecting to be busy.

National Rail

Oyster Pay As You Go is accepted for all National Rail journeys within Greater London and travelcards are also valid for travel within the zones purchased.


TfL is advising travellers to walk where possible, particularly for short journeys. Walking maps can also be provided.


The congestion charge will stay, in order to help keep traffic flowing, TfL said. It will also be delaying or curtailing work on major London roads wherever possible but is uring Londoners to keep car journeys to a minimum.


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


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