When Does the Tube Strike Start and Which Lines Will Be Affected?

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by Telegraph Reporters, The Telegraph, October 3, 2017

The whole of the London Underground network will be "substantially disrupted" on Thursday when a planned strike by train drivers gets underway.

Members of the Aslef train drivers union are set to walk out for 24 hours from midnight on October 5 in a dispute over working conditions.


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As well as thousands of commuters, the strike will also hit football fans travelling to Wembley for England's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia.

Here's everything you need to know.

Which lines will be affected?

No one knows for sure yet but all Tube lines are likely to have a dramatically reduced service. If you brave the Tube expect long queues, large crowds and plenty of pushing and shoving. 

Aslef says 88 per cent of its members on the London Underground voted for strike action and the vast majority - around 80 per cent of London Underground's 3,500 drivers - are Aslef members.

The London Overground, TFL rail, trams and the DLR won't be affected as they operate separately.

How will the walkout hit other transport?

TfL warned that other transport services will be busier than usual as passengers seek alternative routes.

Bus services are likely to be "exceptionally" busy across the capital, it said, and urged people to walk or cycle if possible. Road journeys are also likely to take longer with more people opting to drive and take taxis.

Extra buses and Santander Cycle hubs will be provided should the strike go ahead and TfL is exploring options to help get fans to Wembley for the England game.

London Underground: alternative tube maps

What is the dispute about?

This dispute is about the progress of joint initiatives set up last year between TfL and the unions to improve the work life balance of Tube drivers and cut down on the number of weekend shifts following the launch of the Night Tube.

This included trialling a four-day, 36-hour working week on the Jubilee line for Tube drivers, the results of which are now being analysed.

TfL said it has met its commitments and has been in "constructive" discussions with Aslef at the conciliatory service Acas in order to resolve the dispute, however Aslef has accused TfL of stalling and missing deadlines. 

Further talks took place yesterday but a resolution was not reached. They will resume again today.

How else can I get to work? 

Fingers crossed it's a sunny day because walking may well be the fastest way to get about.

Transport for London (TfL) have this handy map showing how long it would take to walk between different stations in the capital, which may well be your saving grace. 

Plan your journey | Walking London

Isn't there a train strike too?

Yes. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Southern, Merseyrail, Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia have walked out for 24 hours today (Tuesday) with another stoppage due on Thursday, which coincides with the Tube strike. 

However, Greater Anglia said a full service will run on strike days and Southern said there would be a normal service on most of its routes.

Arriva Rail North aims to run around 1,200 services across the North - 46 per cent of its normal timetable - on both days between 7am and 7pm.

Most Merseyrail services will run between 7am and 7pm, with a break during the middle of the day, and some stations will be closed.

The RMT dispute is about the role of guards and driver-only trains.


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