Is the London Tube on today and why is there a strike?

LONDON will be hit by a major Tube strike today that will cause chaos in the capital.

Thousands of workers could find themselves stranded with “no service” expected on five lines from 4.30am.

Is the London Tube on today?

The Victoria, Central, Northern, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines have been affected as RMT drivers were told not to clock in for their shifts this morning.

As of 8:00am the service status across affected TfL train lines is as follows:

– Waterloo and City Line: Suspended

– Piccadilly Line: Suspended

– Central Line: Special service – Shuttle services are in operation between White City and Ealing Broadway Hainault and Liverpool Street, Leytonstone and Epping, Woodford and Hainault, and West Ruislip and North Acton. No service on the rest of the line

– Jubilee Line: Special service – Service is operating at a reduced frequency due to strike action.

– Northern Line: Special service – Service is operating at a reduced frequency due to strike action.

– Victoria Line: Special service – Service is operating at a reduced frequency due to strike action.

– Circle Line: Minor delays due to train cancellations

Advice issued from Transport for London (TfL):

  • Allow extra time to complete your journey
  • Consider walking or cycling, as other lines and services are likely to be busier as people seek alternative routes 
  • Follow our safer travel guidance throughout the strike
  • Check status updates before you travel using our travel tools below

Why is there a strike?

The ongoing dispute is over the night shifts that drivers will be required to work to enable the restart of the Night Tube.

Since the start of the pandemic it has been suspended, but was due to resume overnight on Saturday for the first time.

The Night Tube was ditched in March 2020 so more trains could run during the day to increase social distancing, but following the murder of Sarah Everard, thousands signed a petition to bring it back amid concerns for women's safety.

The RMT claim that the workloads being forced on Tube drivers would wreck their work-life balance by “bulldozing through additional night and weekend working”.

But TfL say that the changes have been agreed by other unions and would bean that drivers have to work four night shifts per year.

It also means that the restart of the Night Tube on the Victoria and Central line would be delayed as drivers have been ordered to not work between 8.30pm on Saturday until 4.30am on Sunday.

TfL hope that the Night Tube will still be able to run but have admitted there are likely to be fewer trains than they hoped.

Are there any other future Tube strikes I need to worry about?

Further action has been planned each weekend in the run-up to Christmas on the Central and Victoria lines.

There will also be another five-line 24-hour shutdown on the final Saturday before Christmas.

TfL have called for RMT to call off the strike and enter talks about the staffing requirements of the Night Tube.

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