Transport for London (TfL) is strongly encouraging customers to avoid travelling on the Tube and only travel if essential on the rest of the network on Friday 19 August and until 08:00 on Saturday 20 August. This is due to planned industrial action by the RMT on London Underground and London Overground station staff on 19 August, as well as by Unite on some London buses on 19 and 20 August. RMT strike action on national rail services will also impact services on London Underground, London Overground and the Elizabeth line from 18-21 August. Customers are advised to plan ahead, check before they travel and leave more time for their journey.
In addition, strike action by ASLEF train drivers tomorrow (Saturday 13 August) will significantly disrupt the London Overground network. Customers should use alternative routes.
Unite is undertaking strike action on some London bus services on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 August, which will impact some routes through west and northwest London and parts of Hertfordshire and Surrey. Several routes will not be operating throughout the day and there will be no Night Bus service on affected routes on Friday 19 August and Saturday 20 August. A full list of affected routes is available below and on TfL’s webpage. Customers are encouraged to avoid making journeys on affected services until 08:00 on Saturday 21 August.
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.
Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “I would like to apologise to our customers who will have their journeys impacted by these strikes. We’re urging people to avoid travelling on the Tube and only travel if essential on the rest of the network on 19 August, and to ensure they check before they travel from 18-21 August. If customers are travelling they should plan ahead and expect disruption across the network. Walking and cycling is likely to be the best way to get around during this action.
“We’re urging the RMT and Unite to call off these strikes – my message to them is that it’s not too late to work with us, Arriva Rail London and RATP to find a resolution and avoid the huge disruption this action will cause.”