Tube strikes: Commuter chaos as London Underground lines suspended and stations closed

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Millions of commuters affected as RMT and Unite stage 24-hour stoppage in dispute over jobs and pensions

Commuters have been warned that there is limited to no Tube service today, as staff in the RMT and Unite unions have gone on a 24-hour strike.

This is the sixth walkout on the London Underground this year as part of an ongoing dispute with Transport for London (TfL) over job cuts and pensions.

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Tooting Broadway Station closed on Thursday morning due to strike actionTooting Broadway Station closed on Thursday morning due to strike action
Tooting Broadway Station closed on Thursday morning due to strike action | Credit: Lynn Rusk

TfL warns that disruption from the strikes will continue to affect customers into the morning of Friday November 11, with affected services expected to return to normal service by mid-morning.

What lines are affected?

  • As of Thursday morning, there is no service on the Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Piccadilly and Waterloo and City lines.
  • On the Central line there is no service between Liverpool Street and White City as well as a reduced service between Hainault and Woodford, Hainault and Liverpool Street, Epping and Leytonstone, White City and Ealing Broadway, and North Acton and West Ruislip
  • On the Northern line there is a reduced service between High Barnet to East Finchley, Finchley Central to Mill Hill East and Edgware to Golders Green.
  • On the District line there is a service operating between Dagenham East and West Ham at a reduced frequency.
  • On the London Overground there is no service between Liverpool Street, Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town. Trains will also not stop at Canada Water.
  • There is good service on the rest of the London Overground.
  • There is no service on the DLR between Shadwell and Bank
  • There is good service on the Elizabeth line, DLR and on the Trams.

Why are the strikes happening?

The industrial action, primarily by RMT members on the tube, are joined by about 1,000 Unite members.

Negotionation talks on Tuesday failed to avert the strike.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s chief operating officer, said: “I would like to apologise to our customers for any disruption caused by Thursday’s industrial action.

“Customers should check before they travel on Thursday and we are advising them to expect very limited or no service on the tube.”

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The RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “Our members are resolute in their determination to see a just settlement to this jobs and pensions dispute. And they will continue their industrial campaign for as long as it takes.”

Unite, which is also seeking a pay rise for its members working in various roles across London transport, accused TfL of “needlessly attacking” a viable pension scheme.

Its general secretary, Sharon Graham, said: “TfL must stop behaving like a race-to-the-bottom employer and put forward an offer that is acceptable to our members.”

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