A 48-hour tube strike will take place over the weekend, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) union has announced. Station staff members of the RMT are planning to walk out in a row over ticket office closures and station modernisation plans. The industrial action will take place from 9pm on Saturday 6 to 9pm Monday 8 February and a normal service will resume on Tuesday 9 February.
Which tube services are affected?
According to Transport for London, the services will be affected as follows:
- Saturday 6 February: some Tube stations may close earlier than usual. Please allow more time and complete your Tube journey by early evening
- Sunday 7 February: some Tube stations may not open, and others may open later and close earlier than usual. Tube services may start later and finish earlier than usual
- Monday 8 February: some Tube stations may not open, and others may open later and close earlier than usual
TfL has warned the impact is difficult to predict as the strike involves station staff, but advises to check the website before travelling over the weekend to see which stations will be open. Bus services are likely to be much busier than normal, particularly during peak hours. On the day, you can find out which stations are affected on TfL's status updates page. For real-time information you can also follow @TfLTravelAlerts or @LondonDLR on Twitter
Are buses affected?
The roads will be busier, but extra buses will be put on during the strike to help Londoners get around. TfL reminds passemgers that buses do not accept cash, but you can use pay as you go with an Oyster or contactless payment card or a Bus & Tram Pass.
Extra Santander Cycle hubs will be available, and some existing cycle hubs in Central London will have more cycles for the morning and evening peak hours.
Is the London Overground affected?
London Overground services will run normally, but they will be much busier while customers use alternative routes. Services at some stations where there's an interchange with the Tube may be disrupted.
What about National Rail?
National Rail services and stations within London will be much busier during peak hours on Monday and Tuesday. A normal service will run on Chiltern Railways.