Last London Underground strike: delays and lines suspended on the network
Travel chaos continues in the capital today as Tube staff stage a second 24-hour strike.
From 12:1 a.m. this morning, the walkout by RMT union members affects all London Underground lines, which are suspended or partially suspended.
A previous network-wide strike took place on Tuesday March 1, with the fallout continuing through Wednesday as services were disrupted for much of the morning.
Transport for London (TfL) bosses have advised commuters to work from home today where possible.
A statement on TfL’s website reads: ‘On strike days expect: Serious disruption to all lines and stations throughout the day; It is highly likely that no London Underground service will operate.
Overground, TfL Rail, DLR, National Rail and Tram buses and services will be operational, but are expected to be much busier than usual.
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TfL warns of further disruption tomorrow
Transport for London (TfL) is already warning Londoners to prepare for further disruption to travel tomorrow morning after today’s Tube strike.
This afternoon, the official TfL account tweeted: “In addition to today’s Tube strikes, services will be affected on March 4.
“No service scheduled before 8am.
“Travel after mid-morning.
“For essential journeys, check your movements.”
Helene CoffeyMarch 3, 2022 3:32 p.m.
Jeremy Corbyn backs Tube strikers
Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted his support for RMT union members who have brought almost the entire London Underground network to a standstill.
Mr Corbyn wrote: ‘Solidarity with those on the @RMTunion picket lines across London today on strike against job cuts and pension cuts for London Underground staff.’
The MP’s tweet brought a quick response from ‘Russell_Premier’. He tweeted: “But no sympathy for the millions of Londoners affected by this unnecessary strike, including the people of Islington. There have been no job cuts or reductions in staff pensions yet.
Simon CalderMarch 3, 2022 2:57 p.m.
North London trains delayed
North London travelers who switched to National Rail trains to avoid the Tube strike face other problems.
“A signaling system failure at Elstree & Borehamwood is disrupting Thameslink services between London St Pancras International and St Albans,” passengers are advised.
“Drivers must stop their trains and obtain verbal permission to continue. It takes extra time, compared to a normal journey.
“Some services may need to be revised to call at fewer stations en route, and may also use different platforms at West Hampstead Thameslink, Cricklewood, Hendon, Mill Hill Broadway and Elstree & Borehamwood.”
Disruptions are expected until 2 p.m.
Fewer trains than usual are running on the Thameslink network, which connects Brighton and Gatwick with Luton, Peterborough and Cambridge.
“This follows a period of significant staff absence due to Covid,” explains the train operator.
Simon CalderMarch 3, 2022 12:56 p.m.
Traffic chaos in central London
Much of central London is in lockdown, partly because of extra traffic created by the underground strike, but also because one of the capital’s main thoroughfares, Whitehall, is closed. Buses that normally take the Parliament Square to Trafalgar Square route are being diverted via the Embankment, adding to congestion and prolonging journey times for passengers who cannot take the London Underground.
Traffic is reported as very slow on the South Bank, over Waterloo Bridge and along the Strand.
Unusually, traffic jams piled up on the roads through the royal parks. The Queen’s own limo – which has no number plate – was caught in a long line of vehicles in St James’s Park, but the monarch was not in the car.
Simon CalderMarch 3, 2022 11:58 am
More Tube problems ahead, warns Transport for London
As the latest Tube strike by RMT union members shut down most of London’s Underground network, Transport for London (TfL) has sent an email to passengers warning them of further disruption over the weekend at come – with industrial action planned for the summer and a reduction in services on a key line every half hour.
“There is strike action scheduled every Friday and Saturday evening between 8.30pm and 4.29am the following morning until Sunday June 19,” TfL says.
“If these strikes continue, normal services are expected on the Victoria line, while we expect the Central line to provide a regular service through central London, with at least two trains per hour.”
Over the weekend of March 5-6, no Central Line trains will run in East London between Bethnal Green and Loughton/Woodford (via Newbury Park and Hainault).
Simon CalderMarch 3, 2022 11:41 am
Euston taxi rank ‘virtually inaccessible’
Euston Station’s taxi rank is “virtually inaccessible from roadworks to the east and heavy traffic in the Bloomsbury area”, according to the London Traffic Watch Twitter account.
Meanwhile, safety concerns have been raised more generally, as 72% of UK taxi users said they were driving home alone due to a shortage of taxis, according to a new study.
In a survey of taxi users, UK taxi tech company Autocab found that 70% said they had difficulty or completely failed to book a taxi ride since December 1, 2021.
Helene CoffeyMarch 3, 2022 11:29 a.m.
Subway strike encourages commuters to cycle
Not all Londoners are frustrated with today’s Tube strike.
Some reported that the industrial action prompted them to try cycling to work.
Twitter user Daniel Rodrigues wrote: “First time cycling this year feeling great over 13 miles from home at one of my projects thanks tube strike me Saved £8.70 today if the weather stays like this I’ll keep cycling.”
Helene CoffeyMarch 3, 2022 10:50 am
How can I get around London today?
Although underground strikes across the London Underground network brought the city to a standstill today, some transport options are still in operation.
London Overground, TfL Rail, DLR, London Trams and National Rail services are all running but “will be busier than usual”, according to TfL.
“Allow more time for your trip and consider alternatives.
Travelers are also advised to check before travel for possible station closures.
Read our full guide to getting around here:
Helene CoffeyMarch 3, 2022 10:12 am
Sadiq Khan booed at NME Awards for London Underground strikes
Sadiq Khan was booed by the public at the NME Awards because of subway strikes which enraged commuters this week.
The walkouts affected the entire London Underground network on Tuesday (March 1) and Thursday (March 3). The dispute is over jobs, pensions and working conditions.
The Mayor of London was at the music awards ceremony last night to present the UK’s best solo act award.
Ellie HarrisonMarch 3, 2022 9:30 a.m.
Tube workers will not be used ‘as political pawns’, union says
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said of today’s tube strike: ‘Our LUL members are making it clear again this morning that they will not be used as pawns in a political struggle between the mayor and the government that threatens their future and their livelihoods.
Helene CoffeyMarch 3, 2022 08:51