Are Tubes running this week amid train strikes?

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New Year, new strikes – or at least that seems to be the way things are going in January 2023.

A fresh wave of industrial action is hitting a number of industries, as workers fight for higher pay and over respective terms and conditions disputes – which equals disruptions to a range of services.

The UK train strikes are front and centre of this action, beginning in summer 2022 and last causing chaos for commuters in December 2022.

But as rail workers hit the picket lines across the country once more, how will those in London be impacted?

Specifically, will it stop workers getting from A to B on the Tube?

Let’s see what Transport for London (TfL) says.

When are the national rail strikes?

You can expect five days of national rail strikes, beginning today (Tuesday, January 3).

The National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is behind this walkout, along with another tomorrow (Wednesday, January 4) and more later in the week.

There’ll also be action by members of the ASLEF union, representing train drivers, in between the RMT’s strike days – which is set to affect 15 train companies across the country.

The full list of rail strike days in January are as follows:

Train strike dates in January 2023

  • Tuesday, January 3 (RMT)
  • Wednesday, January 4 (RMT)
  • Thursday, January 5 (ASLEF)
  • Friday, January 6 (RMT)
  • Saturday, January 7 (RMT).

Are London Underground and other TfL services running during these strikes?

For the most part, Tubes will be running on strike days.

Regarding the RMT strikes on January 3, 4, 6 and 7, TfL says on its website: ‘Most TfL services, including most of the Tube, will continue to run.

‘However, there is some disruption expected on London Overground, the Elizabeth Line, the Circle Line and parts of the District and Bakerloo lines.’

You can expect a reduced number of Elizabeth Line and Circle Line trains to run – while the Bakerloo Line won’t run at all between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone.

As for the District Line, there will be limited service between Wimbledon and Parsons Green, as well as Richmond and Turnham Green – good to keep in mind if your nearest stop is in this area.

On days after strike action, you can expect these impacted Tubes and services to be busy early in the morning, as a normal schedule resumes a little later on.

At the time of writing, TfL’s website doesn’t reference the ASLEF strike on January 5 directly, but it’s probably wise to plan for some disruption then, too.

Full details can be found on TfL’s page dedicated to strike updates.

Keep in mind that there are some London bus strikes to come in January, too –which are primarily impacting more than 50 bus routes in West and South London.

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