London Tube strike latest: All London underground lines affected by RMT action

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London Tube strike latest: All London underground lines affected by RMT action

A major Tube strike caused chaos for London commuters on Monday.

The RMT union called up to 4,000 station staff out on strike affecting stations across the city for 24 hours from one minute past midnight.

The strike is a dramatic escalation of the union’s dispute with Transport for London over feared threats to staff pensions and concerns that the loss of up to 600 station posts will lead to remaining staff having to work more unsociable hours or be left alone in stations at night.

Downing Street condemned the “deeply disappointing” strike action.

19:52 , Lily Waddell

Thank you for following our coverage on the London Tube strike.

What time does the tube strike end?

19:07 , Matt Watts

The 24 hour walkout is continuing to cause chaos on the transport network this evening. It is expected that normal services won’t resume until Tuesday morning.

Tube strike in pictures

17:43 , Sami Quadri

People waiting to board a bus in Paddington (PA)
People waiting to board a bus in Paddington (PA)
Commuters queue to board packed buses at Victoria Station (Getty Images)
Commuters queue to board packed buses at Victoria Station (Getty Images)
Victoria Underground station closed (Lucy Young)
Victoria Underground station closed (Lucy Young)
Commuters at Waterloo Station (PA)
Commuters at Waterloo Station (PA)
Piccadilly Line tube trains parked up at a depot near Boston Manor (PA)
Piccadilly Line tube trains parked up at a depot near Boston Manor (PA)

Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey backs Tube strikes

17:06 , Sami Quadri

MP says it is ‘interesting’ that no confidence vote is being held on same day as Tube strike

17:03 , Sami Quadri

Engineers fixing escalators at Oxford Circus left in “solidarity” with strike, claim RMT

16:56 , Sami Quadri

Strike causing ‘misery for hard-working Londoners'

16:48 , Sami Quadri

Commuter tells of anger after arriving late to hospital appointment due to strike

16:47 , Sami Quadri

Afternoon service updates

16:41 , Sami Quadri

Updates on the Tube network as we approach rush hour in London:

Central Line: Service operating between White City and West Ruislip / Ealing Broadway, approx. every 20 minutes, between Liverpool Street and Hainault via Newbury Park, approx. every 15 minutes. Service operating between Epping and Leytonstone, approx. every 15 minutes and between Woodford and Hainault via Grange Hill, approx. every 20 minutes. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

District Line: Service operating between Whitechapel and Upminster, approx every 10 mins, between Edgware Road and Wimbledon, approx every 10 mins and between High St Kensington and Ealing Broadway / Richmond, apporx every 15 min No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Hammersmith and City Line: Service operating between Hammersmith and Whitechapel, approximately every 10 minutes. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Jubilee Line: Service operating between Baker Street and Stanmore and between Stratford and Canning Town, approximately every 10 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Northern Line: Service operating between Camden Town and High Barnet / Edgware and between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East, approximately every 6 - 8 minutes with some stations closed. Service operating between Morden and Kennington, approximately every 7 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Piccadilly Line: Service operating between Earl’s Court and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and between Acton Town and Raynes Lane, approx. every 20 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT

The Victoria, Circle and Waterloo & City lines remain closed.

Long wait for taxis outside Kings Cross station

15:35 , Sami Quadri

15:31 , Robert Dex

One striking tube worker in Brixton said “lots of people” had spoken to her to say they supported the strike.

Queues expected on Elizabeth line

14:29 , Sami Quadri

Jeremy Corbyn backs RMT strike

14:18 , Sami Quadri

RMT chief congratulates members

14:16 , Sami Quadri

The head of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union has praised “huge attendances at picket lines” in what he described as “a show of strength to oppose pension attacks and job cuts”.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate our station grade and revenue control staff members on London Underground for taking strike action in defence of their pensions and jobs.

“The effectiveness and industrial power of these members cannot be underestimated.

“TfL, London Underground Limited and the mayor of London have had ample opportunity to negotiate with the union properly to avert this strike action today.

“Their intransigence and stubbornness have left RMT members no choice but to act decisively.”

Tube status update

14:15 , Sami Quadri

Bakerloo Line: Service is operating between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone at normal frequency. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Central Line: Service operating between White City and West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway, approx. every 20 minutes, between Liverpool Street and Hainault via Newbury Park, approx. every 15 minutes. Service operating between Epping and Leytonstone, approx. every 15 minutes and between Woodford and Hainault via Grange Hill, approx. every 20 minutes. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

District Line: Service operating between Whitechapel and Upminster, approx every 10 mins, between Edgware Road and Wimbledon, approx every 10 mins and between High St Kensington and Ealing Broadway / Richmond, approx every 15 min No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Hammersmith and City Line: Service operating between Hammersmith and Whitechapel, approximately every 10 minutes. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Northern Line: Service operating between Camden Town and High Barnet / Edgware and between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East, approximately every 6 - 8 minutes with some stations closed. Service operating between Morden and Kennington, approximately every 7 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Piccadilly Line: Service operating between Earl’s Court and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and between Acton Town and Raynes Lane, approx. every 20 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT

Conservative MP Greg Hands complains bus is ‘rammed’

14:11 , Sami Quadri

14:09 , Sami Quadri

Downing Street condemns ‘deeply disappointing’ strike action

12:21 , Sami Quadri

Downing Street condemned the “deeply disappointing” strike action on the London Underground.

“This sort of action is deeply disappointing and not what the public want to see, not what we want to see for businesses still trying to recover post-pandemic, people’s lives being disrupted in London,” the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said.

“Obviously industrial relations at TfL (Transport for London) are a matter for TfL and the mayor but it’s clear that under the current funding settlement TfL must take all reasonable steps to avoid industrial action.”

Tube stations overflowing with huge crowds

11:51 , Sami Quadri

Road congestion increases by 7 per cent

11:10 , Sami Quadri

The Tube strike has caused delays on London’s roads, affecting private cars, commercial vehicles and buses.

Location technology firm TomTom said the level of road congestion was 71 per cent at 8am, up from 64 per cent a fortnight earlier.

The figures represent the proportion of additional time required for journeys compared with free-flow conditions.

Pictured: Piccadilly Line tube trains parked up at a depot near Boston Manor tube station

11:03 , Sami Quadri

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(PA)

Commuters frustrated following travel chaos

11:00 , Sami Quadri

Charlotte, from Surbiton, who did not give her last name, said she was unsure if she would be able to complete her journey to Canary Wharf.

“We’ll see if anything opens up, and I’ll go home if it doesn’t,” she said.

“I’m pretty sure everyone will be delayed coming in today.”

She said she had been traveling for almost an hour already, adding that she did not feel the industrial action was justified.

“I don’t necessarily see the reason for the strike,” she said.

“It doesn’t necessarily feel like it’s justified to cause this much disruption, especially when London is getting up and running again. It seems like a big setback for the city.”

Tracy Brown, 45, a mother-of-three from Acton, said: “Getting three children ready in the mornings for school is hard enough without a Tube strike making things harder.

“I am fed up of running around to get my children to school on time because some people are so greedy.”

Paul Glennon, 52, a construction worker in central London, said: “It is back to reality for all of us. No more parties and parades.

“I have spent my whole morning getting on and waiting for packed buses in the rain.”

Long line of passengers queuing for the bus

10:55 , Sami Quadri

Ealing Broadway remains busy

10:39 , Sami Quadri

 (John Dunne)
(John Dunne)

Ealing Broadway station was busier than usual with passengers scrambling for overland services as Central and District line trains were cancelled.

Tube line service updates

10:35 , Sami Quadri

Bakerloo Line: Service is operating at the normal frequency. Trains are serving Elephant & Castle, Lambeth North, Baker Street, Kilburn Park and all stations between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Weadstone. All other stations are closed due to strike action by the RMT.

Central Line: Service operating between White City and West Ruislip / Ealing Broadway, approx. every 20 minutes and between Liverpool Street and Epping / Hainault via Newbury Park, approx. every 15 minutes. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

District Line: Service operating between Whitechapel and Upminster, approx every 10 mins, between Edgware Road and Wimbledon, approx every 10 mins and between High St Kensington and Ealing Broadway / Richmond, apporx every 15 min No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Hammersmith and City Line: Service operating between Hammersmith and Whitechapel, approximately every 10 minutes. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Jubilee Line: Service operating between Baker Street and Stanmore and between Stratford and Canning Town, approximately every 10 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Northern Line: Service operating between Edgware and Golders Green, between Archway and High Barnet and between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East, approximately every 6 - 8 minutes with some stations closed. Service operating between Morden and Kennington, approximately every 7 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT.

Piccadilly Line: Service operating between Earl’s Court and Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3 and between Acton Town and Raynes Lane, approx. every 20 minutes with some stations closed. No service on the rest of the line due to strike action by RMT

The Circle, Victoria and Waterloo & City lines remain completely closed.

Why are workers striking?

10:28 , Sami Quadri

Large parts of the Tube network are out of action after the RMT union called a strike over job losses and concerns that pension entitlements could be watered down by TfL which has proposed not filling about 500 to 600 posts as they become vacant.

The body is under pressure from the Government to find savings after the pandemic badly affected its finances.

Many stations, especially those in central and south London, have closed, while others are open for limited periods.

Other TfL services, including DLR, London Overground and trams, are not affected by the industrial action and are still running but will be busier.

Long queues for bus at Waterloo

10:22 , Sami Quadri

Northfields Station closed amid Piccadilly Line delays

10:16 , John Dunne

 (John Dunne)
(John Dunne)

Northfields was one of the Piccadilly Line stations where frustrated commuters and tourists were faced with locked gates and no transport staff to give them advice on alternative routes.

The line, which serves Heathrow, left hundreds of airport-bound passengers struggling to get flights.

Service update at Ealing Broadway shows extent of transport chaos

10:08 , Sami Quadri

 (John Dunne)
(John Dunne)

Pictured: Waterloo station completely shut

09:55 , Daniel Keane

 (PA)
(PA)

Pictured: Long queues for the bus in Paddington

09:37 , Daniel Keane

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(PA)

Commuters struggling to get to work amid transport ‘chaos'

09:18 , Daniel Keane

Commuters said they were struggling to get to work due to transport "chaos" caused by Tube strikes.

Some 4,000 members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union who work at London stations were expected to strike for 24 hours from Monday morning in a dispute over jobs and pensions.

At Paddington station at about 7.40am, construction worker Miguel Basantes, 54, said he needed to get to work in Hampstead, adding: "It is chaos.

"In Liverpool Street there was crowds of people and I was waiting for 20 or 30 minutes.

"I don't know how to get to work."

Indian restaurant worker Kundan Darla, 25, said: "I think it is bad, I am too late for work."

Watch: Commuters flock to buses amid Tube strike in London

09:01 , Daniel Keane

Londoners pile onto buses at Victoria station

08:44 , Daniel Keane

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

Commuters left confused by TfL advice

08:33 , Daniel Keane

Commuters at Waterloo Station have been left confused by advice on the Transport for London website about today's Tube strike.

The TfL website advises travellers to travel between 8am and 6pm on Monday. However, it also warns that many stations will be closed throughout the day.

The entrance to Waterloo underground station remained closed as of 8.10am.

William, a commuter from south-west London, said that while he did not agree with the strike, the information given out could have been more accurate. He believed that he would be able to travel from 8am.

“Personally, I don’t agree with the strikes as they stand anyway. However, if they are striking and they’ve gone through the correct process to do it, it’s out of my control. Then the information online should be the correct information that allows people to plan their journey.”

“I just wish they had put the correct information up”, he said.

Commuters queue for buses at Victoria

08:25 , Daniel Keane

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(Getty Images)

Commuters at Waterloo tell of frustration

08:11 , Daniel Keane

Frustrated commuters have gathered around the entrance to Waterloo underground station after the Tube was shut by a strike.

One commuter, Charlotte from Surbiton, said she was unsure if she would be able to complete her journey to Canary Wharf.

"We'll see if anything opens up, and I'll go home if it doesn't", she said.

"I'm pretty sure everyone will be delayed coming in today."

She said she had been traveling for almost an hour already, adding that she didn't feel like the strike was justified.

"I don't necessarily see the reason for the strike", she said.

"It doesn't necessarily feel like it's justified to cause this much disruption, especially when London is getting up and running again. It seems like a big setback for the city."

Pictured: Stranded commuters at Waterloo station

08:00 , Daniel Keane

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(PA)

No closure on Elizabeth Line

07:49 , Daniel Keane

It is worth noting that the Elizabeth Line, which opened to great excitement nearly a fortnight ago, is still running.

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(REUTERS)

Bus into central London packed at Shepherd’s Bush

07:45 , Daniel Keane

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(Supplied)

Pictured: Bus queues at Shepherds Bush this morning

07:39 , Daniel Keane

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(Supplied)

Which services are affected by the tube strike?

07:27 , Daniel Keane

According to TfL, the following services will be severely disrupted today:

- Bakerloo line

- Circle line

- District line

- Hammersmith & City line

- Metropolitan line

- Picadilly line

- Victoria line

- Waterloo & City line

Other lines will also be affected, including:

- The Central Line will run between White City and West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway. A reduced service will also run between Epping and Stratford via Woodford and Hainault

- The Jubilee Line will run between Finchley Road and Stanmore, though some stations will remain closed

- The Northern Line will operate between Edgware and Golders Green, East Finchley and High Barnet and between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East. Some stations will remain closed.

Strike action ‘regrettable’, says business group

07:09 , Daniel Keane

Anneka Hendrick, the director of the CBI business group, said: “Strike action is particularly regrettable at a time when the economy is under such strain, so constructive dialogue to avert industrial action continues to be a priority.

“While many workplaces have already struck a balance between home and office working, those which rely on the tube network will need to demonstrate even greater short-term flexibility.”

Alternative ways to get around London

06:57 , Daniel Keane

TfL recommends that commuters walk and cycle all or part of their journey where possible.

Much of Zone 1 is walkable, and Londoners are never more than 600m from a Santander Cycle hire point in central London.

Passengers can use maps on the TfL website to plan walking or cycling journeys around central London.

Elsewhere, there are electric scooter rentals in some London boroughs, which is the only way to legally ride one in London.

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

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

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.

Business chief ‘disappointed’ with strikes

06:48 , Daniel Keane

Richard Burge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: “We are extremely disappointed that the RMT has called for a mass walkout by TfL workers in such close proximity to the Queen’s Jubilee Weekend when London will be full of visitors.

“The last two years hit London disproportionately hard and the capital is desperately trying to claw back some sense of normality after a tumultuous two years.

“This strike now puts TfL in a position of having to recommend that Londoners work from home.

“Ultimately, this will only harm London’s economy and it is time for TfL to sort out their dispute with the RMT so we can get back to building prosperity and showing the world that London is open business.”

RMT boss demands meeting with Sadiq Khan

06:40 , Daniel Keane

The RMT Union’s General Secretary Mick Lynch has demanded a meeting with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to “sort this mess out”.

He said: “There’s no point in our union continuing to sit opposite management representatives who have neither the inclination nor the authority to negotiate a settlement, when the power lies with the Mayor.”

TfL boss apologises to Londoners

06:28 , Sarah Harvey

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said: “I’d like to apologise to London for the impact this strike will have on journeys.

“We know it’s going to be damaging to London and the economy, at a time when public transport is playing a crucial role in the capital’s recovery.

“While our focus is always on helping everyone travel around London whenever they want, the expected impact of the RMT’s action means we have to advise people to only travel if necessary, as many stations may be closed.“Alternatives to the Tube, including the bus and rail networks, are likely to be much busier than usual and we expect the severe disruption caused by this strike to continue into the morning of Tuesday June 7.”

Don’t travel on the Tube, says TfL

06:26 , Sarah Harvey

TfL has advised people not to travel on the Tube, warning of severe disruption across the network from the start of service on Monday to 8am on Tuesday.

Transport for London (TfL) said some train services will run but many stations, especially those in central and south London, will be closed, while others may only open for limited periods.

06:23 , Sarah Harvey

Good morning, and welcome to the Evening Standard’s coverage of today’s Tube strike by the RMT union. We will be keeping you updated across the day.

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