TfL warns of ‘severe’ impact of tube strikes

The RMT union has been locked in a long-running dispute over 600 station staff cuts and changes to working conditions since last year

Leytonstone Station
Leytonstone Station

Transport for London says most tube lines will be “severely impacted” by next week’s strikes.

Planned industrial action by station staff who are RMT members will cause disruption across the London Underground network throughout Wednesday 4th and Friday 6th October and in the mornings of Thursday 5th and Saturday 7th October if it goes ahead.

London Overground, the Elizabeth Line, Docklands Light Railway and London Trams services are scheduled to operate as normal but may be subject to last-minute changes and will be busier than usual.

Talks between TfL and RMT are ongoing as TfL says it is still hopes to stop the planned strike action from going ahead.

Nick Dent, director of customer operations for London Underground, said: “We have been in ongoing discussions with our unions for some time to reach a resolution in the dispute over changes we are proposing to how our stations operate.

“We have made positive steps and made agreements on many points, but this planned strike action will cause disruption for Londoners and the city if it goes ahead and we apologise for this. We urge the RMT to continue engaging with us and to call off this action.”

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Station staff have had enough of having their livelihoods threatened by job losses and attacks on their terms and conditions.

“Station staff have a vital role to play assisting vulnerable passengers access the network safely and ensuring that the tube is a safe environment for passengers.

“These job cuts and attacks on conditions are going to lead to more unstaffed stations, temporary closures and rising passenger anger.

“TfL has had its budgets slashed but the savings made by these station staff cuts will be negatable and will lead to shortages that are unacceptable.

“This strike action will lead to the tube being shutdown and we call on mayor Sadiq Khan to meet us urgently to discuss this matter.”

London buses are expected to operate normally during this planned strike action, but customers are being advised to leave more time for their journeys as it is expected that many routes will be extremely busy.

For travel advice during the planned strike action: