Travel advice ahead of planned strike action affecting tube and rail services

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2022

Tube and rail bosses have issued advice to passengers ahead of planned strike action affecting underground and national rail services next week.

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On Tuesday, June 21, the RMT and Unite unions are planning 24-hours of strike action.

On that day Transport for London expects severe disruption or no service on all Underground lines. Customers are strongly encouraged not to travel on TfL services on 21 June and before mid-morning on Wednesday, June 22 unless absolutely necessary.

Strike action on national rail services on June 21 will also impact London Underground, Overground and Elizabeth line services between June 21 and 26.

Many routes on the national rail network will be entirely closed on three days of strike action –Tuesday June 21, Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25. Where routes are open, a limited frequency service will run, and only between 7am and 7pm. On the days following each strike day, a Sunday style service is expected to operate.

Passengers hoping to travel on all tube and rail routes are being advised to plan ahead and check available services before travelling.

TfL expects severe disruption or no service on all London Underground lines on Tuesday 21 June if the strike action goes ahead, with no services running before 8am on Wednesday, June 22.

People are being urged to avoid setting off on journeys on 22 June until mid-morning.

If customers cannot avoid travelling on 21 June, they should expect severe disruption or no service on the Tube, and plan ahead and leave more time for journeys. Customers using any Underground services that are running are advised to complete their journey by 6pm.

Services that are running on 21 June, including buses and DLR, are likely to be extremely busy with queues to board. Customers using DLR services from stations also served by London Underground are advised to check before they travel due to possible station closures for safety reasons.

Walking or cycling may be quicker for some journeys and planning tools are available to plan walking journeys. Santander Cycles will be available, with teams ensuring that bikes are distributed at key locations according to demand. Rental e-scooters are also available to hire in some London boroughs.

The RMT and Unite’s action on Tuesday 21 June coincides with RMT strike action across national rail services on the same day, limiting alternative travel options. There are further strikes planned on national rail services on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25, which will impact parts of the TfL network and mean customers connecting with national rail services should check before they travel.

There will be a reduced service on the London Overground and Elizabeth line on the days when strike action is planned – June 21, 23 and 25 – due to the national rail strike and its impacts on shared track and assets. The London Overground will run a reduced service between 7.30am and 6.30pm on these days.

On Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, London Underground will operate as much of the network as possible, However, disruption is on the Richmond and Wimbledon branches of the District line, on the Waterloo & City line, and on the Elizabeth line. There is also the potential for disruption due to the strike impacting London Underground staff availability, meaning customers should still check before they travel.

Disruption from the national rail strike will continue to affect customers on the mornings when no strike action is planned, so on Wednesday 22, Friday 24 and Sunday 26 June. London Underground customers using sections of lines affected by national rail strike action are encouraged to avoid making journeys until mid-morning on each of these days.

Passengers are advised to check for the latest information on the national rail strikes and for up to date bulletins about strike action on the underground network, plus information about alternative modes of travel including bus information, Santander bike hire and walking maps.