Today’s London Tube Strike: How to get around London on Friday and Saturday

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Today’s London Tube Strike: How to get around London on Friday and Saturday

London Tube strikes have hit the capital for the second consecutive weekend.

This brings more travel dismay for commuters and Christmas shoppers.

Overnight strikes will affect the Victoria and Central Lines from 7pm to 4.29am on Friday and Saturday.

Transport for London (TfL) has warned of “severe disruption” after the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union confirmed the next round of Tube strikes will go ahead.

RMT members will walk out in an ongoing dispute over rosters which will impact the planned return of Night Tube services.

It follows heavy strike action on Black Friday which saw the number of West End shoppers fall 40 per cent on a “normal” year, according to figures by the New West End Company.

RMT said new shifts are being imposed on staff which will affect their work-life balance.

However, TfL has insisted the changes have been agreed by other unions and would result in drivers working approximately four night shifts a year.

Here are alternative ways to travel around London during the Tube strike.


There are no timetable changes scheduled for London bus services on Friday.

Night buses are expected to be busier than usual and travellers are advised to allow more time for their journeys.

Electric scooters

Some boroughs offer electric scooters to rent, which is the only way to legally ride one in London.

These areas are Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

Renting an e-scooter typically costs between £3.25 and £3.40 for a 15-minute journey, according to TfL.

Operators charge a £1 unlock fee plus 15p per minute for Dott and Tier scooters or 16p per minute for Lime, which is paid via the relevant app.


There will be severe disruption on the Central and Victoria lines with little or no overnight service from 7pm onwards on December 4 and 5, December 10 and 11, and December 1.

Londoners are advised to check before travelling and use buses to complete their journeys where required.

London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services

The London Overground and TfL Rail are part suspended throughout the weekend due to planned works.

There will be no Overground service between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction, with replacement busses running between Canada Water and Clapham Junction.

On TfL Rail, there will be no service between Hayes and Harlington and Heathrow while Paddington to Reading services will be retimed.

Sunday trains will not call at Acton Main Line, West Ealing and Hanwell.

A normal service is running on all other lines.

Carriages are expected to be busier than usual with Christmas shoppers forced to seek alternative routes.

Walking and Cycling

Londoners are never more than 600m away from a Santander Cycle hire point in the centre of the capital.

Meanwhile Brompton Bike Hire are offering free bike hire at their docks across London.

Many parts of Zone 1 are walkable and people are advised to walk or cycle where possible.

Walking and cycle maps of the West End and the City of London can be downloaded from the TfL website.

Heathrow Airport

Passengers travelling to Heathrow can use the Piccadilly line as an alternative where possible.

Evening and overnight strikes

Strike action will affect evening and night services on the Central and Victoria lines only.

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