No Tube services on March 1st and 3rd
Up to 10 000 London Underground workers are expected to walk out between 00:01 and 23:59 on the 1st and 3rd of March. It has been confirmed that every line will be affected, possibly stopping the service entirely. Commuters intending to travel in the morning (around 09:00) are expected to be hit the hardest. Train fares are expected to rise by 3.8% as a result.
Why is this happening?
The strike is in response to the TfL (Transport for London) plans to close up to 600 station posts. The company claims this will not result in job losses but the RMT (Rail, Maritime and Transport Union) are not convinced.
Together with suspected pension scheme cuts, the RMT has decided to go on strike to protect their jobs and pensions. TfL has issued several statements to them, but the strikes are confirmed to be happening.
The last tube strike was in November but this is likely to be the largest in over 3 years, since before the Covid pandemic started.
What should we do for transport?
TfL has advised all commuting Londoners to find a way to work from home, arrive at work later, or find an alternative mode of transport.
Buses will still be running but expected to be much busier than usual. Other methods of transport such as London Overground, Trams and National Rail will be operating as normal but also expected to be very busy.
The Tube strikes may have lasting effects throughout the week, so everyone has been urged to plan for all five weekdays.