Second day of industrial action sees all lines disrupted
Dozens of people queue for trains in London amid tube strike
Beginning at one minute past midnight this morning, the walkout by RMT union members is affecting all London Underground lines, which are suspended or part suspended.
A previous network-wide strike took place on Tuesday, 1 March, with the fallout continuing into 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 the TfL website reads: “On strike days expect: Severe disruption to all lines and stations throughout the day; Highly likely no London Underground services will run.”
Buses and Overground, TfL Rail, DLR, National Rail and Tram services will be operating but are expected to be much busier than usual.
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Tube strike encourages commuters to cycle
Not all Londoners are frustrated by today’s Tube strike.
Some have reported that the industrial action has spurred them on to try cycling to work.
Twitter user Daniel Rodrigues wrote: “First time cycling this year feeling great done over 13 miles from my home to one of my projects thank you tube strike save me £8.70 today if the weather stays like this I will carry on cycling.”
Helen Coffey3 March 2022 10:50
How can I get around London today?
Although Tube strikes across the entire London Underground network have stalled the city 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 journey and consider alternatives.”
Travellers are also warned to check before travel for possible station closures.
Read our full guide to getting around here:
Helen Coffey3 March 2022 10:12
Sadiq Khan booed at NME awards over London Underground strikes
Sadiq Khan was booed by the audience at the NME Awards over the Tube strikes that have enraged commuters this week.
Walkouts affected the entire London Underground network on Tuesday (1 March) and Thursday (3 March). The dispute is over jobs, pensions and working conditions.
The London Mayor was at the music awards ceremony last night to present a prize for Best Solo Act From the UK.
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Ellie Harrison3 March 2022 09:30
Tube workers won’t be used ‘as political pawns’, says union
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has said of today’s Tube Strike: “Our members across LUL are making it crystal clear again this morning that they are not going to be used as pawns in a political fight between the Mayor and the Government which threatens their futures and their livelihoods.”
Helen Coffey3 March 2022 08:51
Former shadow chancellor joins picket line in prime minister’s constituency
The former shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, has joined striking Tube workers on the picket line at Uxbridge – the station serving Boris Johnson’s constituency.
The Labour MP represents the neighbouring constituency, Hayes and Harlington.
The RMT union, which has called this week’s stoppages, retweeted a photo from Cat Cray, showing Mr McDonnell.
The message read: “Great to have @johnmcdonnellMP support at Uxbridge picket line.”
Simon Calder3 March 2022 08:42
Disruption hits London Overground
Although today’s strike is solely on the London Underground, commuters using the London Overground are facing problems too.
Transport for London is warning that trains “will be busier than usual”, and advises: “Allow more time for your journey and consider alternatives.
“If you are using services from stations also served by the Tube, check before you travel for possible station closures.”
A fault with the signalling system between Stratford and Cheshunt means some lines are blocked, and trains running between Stratford and Meridian Water are cancelled.
On the GWR Thames Valley network, Covid-related cuts mean shorter trains. “Some services between London Paddington and Reading will be formed of eight carriages instead of 12,” the train operator says.
Simon Calder3 March 2022 08:17
London grinds to a halt
Today’s Tube strike has gone ahead as planned, with all London Underground lines affected.
However, a handful of services are running.
On the Central Line, trains are running in east London to and from Liverpool Street in the City from Loughton from Newbury Park via Hainault. Trains are not calling at Leyton and Bethnal Green due to lack of staffing at those stations.
To the west of the capital, Central Line trains are running between White City and the two terminus stations of Ealing Broadway and West Ruislip.
On Tuesday, District Line trains were running a shuttle service from High Street Kensington to Wimbledon and Ealing Broadway. Transport for London says the entire District Line is suspended.
Simon Calder3 March 2022 08:00
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Helen Coffey3 March 2022 07:58
Tomorrow’s Tube strike set to go ahead
The second 24-hour Tube strike this week looks set to go ahead tomorrow after no further agreement has been reached between the RMT Union and Transport for London (TfL) bosses.
The walkout will begin at one minute past midnight tonight – 3 March – and continue until one minute to midnight on Thursday.
It will affect the entire London Underground network again, meaning almost no services will be running across Tube lines.
Buses, TfL Rail, National Rail, Overground, DLR and Tram services will be operating but are expected to be much busier than usual.
Londoners have been advised by TfL to work from home where possible.
Helen Coffey2 March 2022 16:37
Good service on half of London Underground
After major disruption across the entire London Underground network this morning following yesterday’s Tube strike, there is now a good service on more than half of lines.
The Central, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Victoria, Piccadilly, Northern and Waterloo & City lines are all operating a “good service”, according to Transport for London (TfL), along with the DLR and Tram.
However, severe delays continue across the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines plus TfL Rail; the Bakerloo and District lines have minor delays; and London Overground is offering a reduced service.
Helen Coffey2 March 2022 14:59
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