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How to get around London during the bus, rail and tube strikes this week

How to get around London during the bus, rail and tube strikes this week

There will be more bus and rail strikes this week in a long-running dispute over pay, job security and redundancies.

Transport for London (TfL) said certain routes will not operate on strike days. It has warned of “serious disruption” to the city's whole public transportation network.

Here’s all you need to know about the strikes and how to travel around London when they happen.

When are strikes taking place this week?

Abellio bus drivers will strike for three days this week from Wednesday, February 1 to Friday, February 3.

Meanwhile, train drivers represented by the Aslef and the RMT unions will strike on February 1 and 3.

There will be strikes on the Bakerloo line on Saturday, February 4 and Saturday, February 11.

The Unite union, representing bus drivers, is calling for a pay rise to reflect the rising cost of living.

The train unions are in dispute with the Government and rail companies over pay, job cuts and changes to terms and conditions.

Bosses say changes need to be agreed upon to afford pay increases and modernise the railway.

UK: Train Strike | December 2022

Passengers view departure boards at Kings Cross station in London (PA)
Passengers view departure boards at Kings Cross station in London (PA)
Mick Lynch (centre) general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) joins members on the picket line outside London Euston train station during a strike in a long-running dispute over jobs and pensions (PA)
Mick Lynch (centre) general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) joins members on the picket line outside London Euston train station during a strike in a long-running dispute over jobs and pensions (PA)
Passengers view departure boards at Kings Cross station in London (PA)
Passengers view departure boards at Kings Cross station in London (PA)
A man with suitcases at an empty Paddington station (PA )
A man with suitcases at an empty Paddington station (PA )
A man looks at the departures board at Euston train station in London (PA)
A man looks at the departures board at Euston train station in London (PA)
Passengers view departure boards at Kings Cross station in London (PA)
Passengers view departure boards at Kings Cross station in London (PA)
Waterloo Station (Jeremy Selwyn)
Waterloo Station (Jeremy Selwyn)
Mich Lynch (Jeremy Selwyn)
Mich Lynch (Jeremy Selwyn)
A man with suitcases at an empty Paddington station (PA)
A man with suitcases at an empty Paddington station (PA)
Euston Station (Jeremy Selwyn)
Euston Station (Jeremy Selwyn)
Euston Station (Jeremy Selwyn)
Euston Station (Jeremy Selwyn)

Which routes will be affected?

Most TfL services will run as normal during the strikes but commuters can expect disruption to services.

Elizabeth line services could be changed or cancelled at short notice due to strikes until February 28, and Bakerloo line services are expected to be disrupted on strike days.

TfL says the routes affected by the Abellio strikes are mostly in west and south London. It says other bus services will not be affected.

Here are the bus routes set to be affected by the strikes:

Day routes

3, 27, 45, 63, 68, 109, 130, 156, 195, 196, 201, 207, 267, 270, 278, 315, 322, 350, 367, 381, 407, 415, 427, 433, 464, 482, 490, 969, C10, E5, E7, E10, E11, H20, H25, H28, H26, P5, P13, R68, R70, S4, U5, U7, U9

Route 481 will operate but with fewer services on week days from 7.30am to 8am and from 3pm to 4pm.

24-hour routes

24, 111, 159, 285, 344, 345

Night routes

N3, N27, N63, N68, N109, N207, N381

School routes

671

How to get around London during strikes

London Underground and Overground trains will be running, but commuters can expect disruption, especially around rush hour.

Most buses, apart from those in south and west London, will not be affected by the bus strikes.

It is strongly advised that you walk to your destination if you can. Alternatively, you can use a company such as Uber or Bolt. These services are expected to be busy on strike days so it could be worth pre-booking your ride.

You can also book an Uber Boat on the Uber app to travel from 24 piers in the capital.

There are also plenty of Santander Cycles available to hire from 800 docking stations in London. It costs £1.65 to hire a Santander Cycles bike for 30 minutes.

For more information on planning your journey, visit the TfL website.