Wimbledon set for travel chaos as transport workers plan strike

A general view of Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the Ladies' Singles Final match on Centre Court with the roof closed
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Strike action is set to cause travel chaos on London trams as crowds flock to see the first week of the Wimbledon tennis championships in South West London. Transport for London (TfL) has issued advice to customers, saying that services are expected to be disrupted or not run at all.

The planned walkouts are between Sunday, June 30, and Monday, July 8, and from Thursday, July 11, until Monday, July 15. Passengers have been told to plan ahead.

It comes after the Unite union warned in May of further strike action and claimed that issues with London's tram network could persist until 'well into the summer' after members walked out earlier that month. Around 60 tram, stores and infrastructure engineers, who are members of Unite, took five days of strike action from Sunday, May5.

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Full breakdown of disruption

A London tram with Wimbledon destination
Trams are to be disrupted as Wimbledon gets underway next week -Credit:RachelH_/oxyman

The latest strike will cause disruption across London Trams services. TfL has issued a full breakdown of the changes to services. Customers should complete their tram journeys by 8pm on Sunday, June 30.

Between Monday, July 1 and Friday, July 5, and between Friday, July 12 and Sunday, July 14:

  • No service is expected before 7am or after 6pm on the London Tram network

  • Between 7am and 6pm, services will only operate between:

  • There will be no service through Croydon town centre, or to/from Elmers End on these days

On Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7:

  • No service expected before 7am or after 6pm on the entire London Tram network

  • Between 7am and 6pm, services will only run between Wimbledon and Reeves Corner due to planned maintenance work on the rest of the Tram network

On Monday, July 8 and Monday, July 15, services are expected to start later than normal, with possible disruption throughout the day. On Tuesday, July 9, Wednesday, July 10 and Thursday, July 11, services will run as normal but some service disruption is possible.

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