Tube strikes 25th & 27th August 2015: Complete guide to the disruption
PUBLISHED: 09:43 21 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 11 September 2015
Londoners are facing yet more travel misery as the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) announced two more 24-hour strikes next week.
Travel advice if the strike goes ahead
The unions are still in talks with London Underground, but if the industrial action does take place, Tube services will be severely affected between Tuesday 25 and Friday 28 August.
Staff on the DLR, London Overground, the bus network, trams, TfL Rail, river services, Santander Cycles and Emirates Air Line cable car services are not on strike. These services will run as normal, but they will be much busier than usual and customers are strongly advised, if possible, to travel outside of the morning and evening peaks.
Around 250 extra buses and more river services will run. Additional Santander Cycles hubs will be in place at key central London locations.
• Monday August 24: Tube services will run as normal.
• Tuesday 25 August: Tube services will run as normal for most of the day with customers advised to complete their journeys by 18:30 if possible and to travel earlier if they are able – avoiding peak times. Tube services are expected to be exceptionally busy between 16:30 and 18:30.
• Wednesday 26 August: London Underground will run as many Tube services as possible according to how many staff sign onto their shifts. However, most Tube services are unlikely to run at all and those that do run may only serve some stations, and may only run for part of the day.
• Thursday 27 August: Tube services will run as normal for most of the day, but try to complete your journey by 6.30pm. Try to travel earlier if you can as the service is expected to be extremely busy from 4.30pm.
• Friday 28 August: As Wednesday - most Tube services are unlikely to run at all and those that do run may only serve some stations, and may only run for part of the day.
•Saturday 29 August: Tube services will run as normal.
This comes after strikes on July 9 and August 8, both on the same issue of working conditions on the ‘Night Tube’, a 24-hour Underground service at weekends which is scheduled to begin on September 12.
Unite. the RMT and the TSSA unions will meet on Monday to decide whether the strike will definitely go ahead.
At present, members will walk out for 24 hours from 9pm on Tuesday August 25 and again from 9pm on Thursday August 27. The action threatens to disrupt Tube services for most of the working week.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members the length and breadth of London Underground have made it clear that they are determined to protect their work/life balance and not fall into a trap where they will be forced to wreck their home lives in order to comply with the ‘rosters from hell’ which have been drawn up to plug the staffing gaps in the Night Tube plans.”
He said “we have no option but to strike again” and added: “The Night Tube plan has been botched from the off. The basics haven’t been done and those who will pay for this shambles will not only be our members but the London daily travelling public who cough up a fortune and who will find their safety and the reliability of the service compromised from September 12 onwards. Running Tube services with fatigued and burnt-out staff is a recipe for disaster.”