Is there a metro strike this week?

Tuesday sees the first of 12 days of transport strikes scheduled for December and January, with 40,000 railway workers leaving their posts for Network Rail and 14 train operators.

While past strikes by the RMT union have gone hand in hand with a one-day strike by Transport for London (TfL), this week sees two 48-hour walkouts for regional and airline service staff only.

However, the London Underground will suffer repercussions from nationwide strikes.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Will metro services operate normally on strike days?

Most services will operate as normal, although TfL has warned there will be disruption on parts of the District and Bakerloo lines, reduced service on the Central Line and disruption on the London Overground and Elizabeth lines.

Regardless of the strikes, a partial closure on the Bakerloo and London Overground line is also scheduled from Saturday 17th to Friday 23rd December 2022.

neighborhood line

On the District line, which operates partly above ground, limited services will operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm between Wimbledon and Parsons Green, and Richmond and Turnham Green on strike days.

Bakerloo Line

On the Bakerloo, no service will run between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone on strike days.

center line

The Central line will have reduced service.

Elisabeth line

Some branches of the Elizabeth line will only see two trains or six trains per hour. This will affect the Paddington-Heathrow Airport section of the line. All the details below:

Liverpool Street-Shenfield

Services will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Two trains per hour

Abbey Wood Paddington

12 trains per hour until 5.30 p.m.

Six trains per hour from 5.30 p.m.

Six trains per hour before 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 December 2022, and Wednesday 4 and Saturday 7 January 2023


Services will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Two trains per hour Paddington-Reading

Two trains per hour Paddington-Heathrow T4

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On the London Overground, services will only operate from 7.30am to 6.30pm, while the Night Overground will not operate at all on strike days.

There is also a reduced service.

Mornings after strike days (December 15 and 18), he warns, there will be early morning disruptions, with good mid-morning service.

Customers are advised to plan ahead and check that their services are working before travelling.

Full details below on services on strike days this week:

Richmond/Clapham Junction-Stratford

Reduced service

Highbury and Islington-West Croydon/Clapham Junction/Crystal Palace

Two trains per hour between Highbury & Islington and West Croydon

Two trains per hour between Highbury & Islington and Clapham Junction

Two trains per hour between Highbury & Islington and Crystal Palace

Gospel Oak Barking

No services will operate between Barking and Barking Riverside

Four trains per hour Gospel Oak-Barking

Liverpool Street-Chingford/Cheshunt/Enfield Town

Two trains per hour between Liverpool Street and Enfield Town

Two trains per hour between Liverpool Street and Chingford

One train per hour between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt

Euston–Watford Junction

No services will operate on Saturday December 17

Two trains per hour between Euston and Watford Junction

Two trains per hour between Euston and Kilburn High Road

Romford Upminster

No service provided

Are buses affected?

Metroline strike activity scheduled for Thursday 8, Friday 9, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December has been suspended, TfL informs.

However, strikes by Abellio bus drivers (by the Unite union) will affect some services on December 8-9 and December 15-16. The routes affected by the Abellio strike are mainly in west and south London, and customers should check in advance if their journey is operational.

What are the complete train strike dates?

The RMT strikes, affecting Network Rail and 14 regional operators, are expected to take place on:

More than 40,000 Network Rail workers and 14 rail operating companies will stage a series of 48-hour marches. Industrial action by around 5,000 Network Rail flagmen will mean half the rail network is closed, with much reduced service on the rest.

Non-union members and managers will allow a service to operate between 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on about half of the rail network. Whole swathes of the UK will be cut off, without rail services.

Could there be more subway strikes announced for 2023?

It seems likely. Last week, 94 per cent of RMT members on the London Underground backed a further six months of industrial action if their demands are not met by employers.

The January train strike dates are also expected to cause similar disruption to parts of the TfL network.

RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate all Tube workers in this long-running dispute over jobs, terms and pensions.

“It is an impressive feat for any group of workers to turn in a ballot for a third strike in favor of more action and to continue to try to bring this dispute to a negotiated settlement.

“We urge the London Underground and the Mayor of London to urgently sit down with the union so that we can resolve this dispute.

“If a solution cannot be found, we will continue our industrial campaign for as long as it takes to achieve justice for our people.”

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