How to get around London during train strikes on October 1, 5 and 8

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There will be more train strikes on Saturday October 1 and Wednesday October 5.

Members of the Aslef Union working for 12 companies will strike on both these days.

Members of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union (RMT) will only strike on the Saturday, affecting Network Rail, several train operating companies, and some bus services.

The only London-based transport affected will be the London Overground.

Luckily, TfL and London Underground are not taking part in this strike, but their services will be busier as a result of people seeking alternative routes.

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The strikes will be disrupting the London Marathon and the Tory conference in Birmingham.

Furtherore, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) have announced that more than 40,000 workers from Network Rail and 15 train operators will strike on October 8. The union said it would be “effectively shutting down the railway network”.

Here’s how you can get around London on these days.

Tube

London Underground is not participating in the upcoming strikes therefore its services will still be running as normal.

But London Overground’s services will be disrupted so more people will be relying on the Underground, especially on the first day, as it falls on the day before the London Marathon.

Commuters are advised to allow more time for journeys and to consider walking or cycling.

Bus

Buses will be operating, but they are expected to be busier than normal.

Always double-check before committing to your journey.

Driving

Hire car schemes, such as Zipcar and Karshare, are still available for those needing to drive.

Traffic status updates can be checked on the TfL website.

Walking and cycling

Most of Zone 1 is walkable and there are many Santander Cycle hire points.

Passengers can use maps on the TfL website or Google Maps to plan walking or cycling journeys in London.

TfL has a designated tool to help passengers plan public transport, cycling or walking routes on their website called the TfL Journey Planner.

Its Nearby page also prompts passengers to information on local Tube, bus, river transport, DLR, TfL Rail and Santander Cycles locations.