Train strike today LIVE – Chaos on Tube & buses as TFL staff walk out; full list of affected routes on Fri August 19th


LONDONERS are set for a weekend of fresh travel misery as thousands of workers strike over pay, jobs & conditions from TODAY.

Network Rail, train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital will be hit by walkouts over the weekend.

The industrial action is set to cause travel chaos for workers, holidaymakers and fans going to events, including a cricket Test match at Lords.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite will be involved in the industrial action, after ongoing talks failed to break the deadlocked rows.

On Thursday, RMT members at Network Rail (NR) and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR took industrial action – cancelling 50 per cent of the nation’s services.

Today, members of the RMT and Unite on London Underground will walk out, as well as Unite members on London United bus routes in the capital in a separate dispute over pay.

On Saturday, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

Sunday morning train services will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday’s action.

Read our Train strikes live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Darius was always a brave fighter

    Just five years later Darius shocked fans when he  revealed he had slipped into a coma after contracting meningitis when he drank water from the Thames.

    The terrifying incident happened when he filmed a promo clip for his charity Fresh2O Water filter – which is said to remove 99.9 per cent of all known “water-borne pathogens, bacteria and viruses” – and drank water from a Thames sewage outlet.

    However, his bottle didn’t have a filter attached and he caught a virus which weakened his immune system and resulted in him contracting meningitis and cerebral oedema – swelling of his brain.

    He later explained: “So I drank the water for the video and raised the funds but when I went to Glasgow to see my mum for her birthday I collapsed.

    “It turned out I had a cerebral oedema where your brain swells bigger than your skull.

    “My dad saved my life. He got me to hospital, they diagnosed it quickly. I had bacterial meningitis.”

  • TFL chief says Londoners face ‘a difficult day’

    Nick Dent, Transport for London’s director of customer operations, said it was “a difficult day” for travel in the capital.

    He told Sky News: “It is going to be a difficult day.

    “We have done everything we can to avoid this strike going ahead today.

    “Unfortunately, the disruption is going to be pretty significant to London today.

    “We’re advising customers not to travel on the Tube at all.”

  • Tube strike causes travel chaos across London this morning

    A strike by London Underground workers is disrupting travel across the capital this morning ahead of a weekend of delays.

    Services on the vast majority of Tube lines are suspended, with a very limited operation elsewhere, according to Transport for London’s (TfL) website.

    Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) workers are taking industrial action over issues including jobs and pensions.

    There is also disruption to bus services in west and south-west London and parts of Surrey due to a strike on Friday and Saturday by bus drivers who are members of Unite.

    Sixty-three bus routes are being affected.

  • Saturday 20 August

    Strikes on national rail services (nationwide) expected to cause severe disruption.

    Buses: Services affected in west and south west London and parts of Surrey

    • Impact on the following routes: 9, 18, 33, 49, 65, 70, 71, 72, 85, 94, 105, 110, 116, 117, 148, 203, 211, 216, 220, 223, 224, 235, 258, 265, 266, 272, 281, 283, 290, 293, 371, 404, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, 467, 470, 481, C1, E1, E3, H17, H22, H32, H37, H91, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, N9, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266 and S3
    • No Night Bus services on affected routes

    London Overground – Reduced service between 08:00 and 18:00. No service after 18:00. No Night Overground

    Elizabeth line

    • Central (Paddington-Abbey Wood) – reduced service after 18:00
    • East (Liverpool Street-Shenfield) – trains running every 30 minutes 07:00-17:30 only. Trains won’t stop at Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Goodmayes
    • West (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow) – trains every 30 minutes 07:10-17:40 only.  Heathrow trains only running to Terminal 4

    District line – No service between Wimbledon and Parson’s Green, and Richmond and Turnham Green before 08:00 and after 18:00

    Bakerloo line – No service north of Queen’s Park

  • Advice on how to get around London during the strikes

    • Much of Zone 1 is walkable
    • You are never more than 600m from a Santander Cycle hire point in central London
    • There are electric scooter rental trials in some London Boroughs
  • Friday disruption

    Tube, London Overground and bus strikes will affect most TfL services. 

    London Overground: Late start. No Night Overground

    Elizabeth line

    • Central (Paddington-Abbey Wood) – normal service starting 07:00. After 22:30, trains may not stop at all stations
    • East (Liverpool Street-Shenfield) – normal service starting 07:00
    • West (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow) – normal service starting 07:00

    Trams: Reduced service

    DLR: Services into Bank running 07:00-18:30

    Buses: Services affected in west and south west London and parts of Surrey

    • Impact on the following routes: 9, 18, 33, 49, 65, 70, 71, 72, 85, 94, 105, 110, 116, 117, 148, 203, 211, 216, 220, 223, 224, 235, 258, 265, 266, 272, 281, 283, 290, 293, 371, 404, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, 467, 470, 481, C1, E1, E3, H17, H22, H32, H37, H91, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, N9, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266 and S3

    No Night Bus services on affected routes

    Coaches: very busy

    National rail: very little service before 08:00

  • ‘The unions are hell-bent on causing as much misery as possible’

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “It’s clear, from their co-ordinated approach, that the unions are hell-bent on causing as much misery as possible…

    “To the very same taxpayers who stumped up £600 per household to ensure not a single rail worker lost their job during the pandemic.

    “Sadly, union chiefs have short memories and will be repaying this act of good faith by ruining millions of hard-working people’s summer plans.

    “Businesses too will suffer, with the capital’s leisure and tourism sectors, which have been banking on that summer trade, set to lose millions – a particularly cruel blow given how hard many worked to stay afloat during successive summers of lockdown.”

  • ‘For many this is the first time they have ever taken industrial action’

    TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our members in the rail industry are going into the third or fourth year of a pay freeze. Meanwhile, food and fuel bills are spiralling, and the Tory cost-of-living crisis is making working people poorer. Enough is enough – this cannot go on.

    “For lots of our members, this is the first time they have ever taken industrial action – it is a last resort and not something any rail worker takes lightly.”

    He added: “Railway workers put their lives at risk to keep the country running in the pandemic and were rightly hailed as heroes. Yet now the Tories are hampering negotiations and blocking employers from making a reasonable offer to those same rail workers.

    “Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and the Department for Transport need to make a reasonable offer on pay and job security – either by coming to the table themselves or allowing employers to negotiate freely. The string-pulling and blocking negotiations must stop.

    “This dispute is not going away. Thousands of rail workers across the country are experiencing real-terms pay cuts as inflation skyrockets and the cost of living keeps rising.

    “We will not back down until our members have won the pay, conditions and job security they deserve.”

  • TSSA members strike

    TSSA members taking action include staff working in ticket offices, stations, control rooms, engineering, as well as planning, timetabling and other support roles.

    The union is seeking guarantees of no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise in line with the cost of living, and promises of no unilateral alterations to job terms and conditions.

  • ‘We won’t be broken’

    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said his union’s members are more determined than ever to protect their pensions, secure a decent pay rise, job security and good working conditions.

    Speaking in front of a picket line at Euston station yesterday morning, he declared that the rail strike “won’t be broken” until there is a settlement to the dispute as he refused to put an end date on the industrial action.

    Lynch told the PA news agency: “We don’t have a fixed programme – I don’t have a whiteboard saying it starts on this day and it ends on that day.

    “We won’t be broken. We are determined to get a settlement.

    “People have shown on the picket lines they are determined to dig in, we’re not going to waste our members’ efforts.

    “We will take the action that our members want to take as we go along, so we’re not going to be broken.

    “We will continue the fight until we get a settlement.”

  • Weekend disruption

    On Saturday, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

    Sunday morning train services will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday’s action.

    Rail services on Thursday and Saturday will be drastically reduced, with only around a fifth running, and half of lines closed.

    Trains will only operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm on both strike days.

  • Who will be affected?

    The strikes are set to spark misery not just for workers, but also holidaymakers and fans going to events.

    Premier League football fixtures and a cricket Test match at Lords, which began today, will be impacted by the strikes.

    Strikes will affect services until the weekend.

  • Who will participate in the strikes?

    Network Rail, train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital will be hit by the walkouts which will spark chaos until Sunday.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite will be involved in the industrial action, after ongoing talks failed to break the deadlocked rows.

    Today, RMT members at Network Rail (NR) and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike.

  • Chaos TODAY

    Commuters are bracing for days of travel misery ahead of rail, tube and bus strikes which begin TODAY.

    Tens of thousands of workers will stage strikes following long -running disputes over pay, jobs and conditions.

  • What to expect tomorrow morning

    The capital is set to grind to a halt tomorrow, as hundreds of rail workers down tools once again.

    Here is how the lines will be affected:

    1. London Underground: Avoid using, no night tube and severe delays all day.
    2. London Overground: No overnight services.
    3. Elizabeth line: Disruption.
    4. Trams: Huge delays.
    5. DLR: Daytime services running to Bank.
    6. Buses: Severe disruption
  • Ryanair hit with over 100 cancellations as travel chaos hits the aviation industry

    Wednesday saw a slew of Ryanair workers down tools across the company’s Spanish operations.

    As a result, a reported 127 flights were cancelled in a single day.

    The areas affected include Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Palma and Ibiza.

  • 14 separate train operators went on strike today

    Network Rail, train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital have been hit by the walkouts which will spark chaos until Sunday.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite will be involved in the industrial action after ongoing talks failed to break the deadlocked rows.

    Today, RMT members at Network Rail (NR) and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR went on strike.

  • EasyJet strikes begin TOMORROW

    The first of the airline’s strikes took place on August 12 and lasted until August 14.

    Now, the second strike is set to begin tomorrow and will run from August 19-21.

    The third and final strike will be from August 27-29.

    All three will are expected to disrupt flights at easyJet’s bases at Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.

  • Central Line suffers severe delays

    The Central Line is currently suffering from severe delays, despite strike action not set to begin until tomorrow.

    Tomorrow, Britain’s rail service is set to grind to a halt once more.

    Rail workers are demanding higher wages, better working conditions and more employment security.

  • Heathrow Express at a standstill tonight

    The Heathrow Express will not be running from 6:10pm this evening until tomorrow morning at 7am, so anyone arriving very late or early tomorrow morning will have to find alternative routes.

    On August 20, trains won’t run before 7am or after 6:10pm.

    The Stansted Express has warned travellers to “avoid travelling with them” today, as well as over the entire weekend due to both strikes and engineering works.

    Luton Airport passengers will also be affected by the Thameslink strike, while Manchester Airport passengers have been warned to expect busier trains due to a reduced schedule.

    Brits may want to pre-book a taxi or drive to the airport to avoid the travel chaos, as the limited trains running are likely to be busy.

  • Unions on the brink of ‘synchronised’ strike, RMT boss claims

    Mick Lynch has claimed unions are getting ready to unite in something akin to a general strike.

    Speaking to Sky News, the union boss said: “There is a wave of reaction amongst working people to the way they’re being treated.

    “People are getting poorer every day of the week. People can’t pay their bills. They’re getting treated despicably at the workplace. I think there will be generalised and synchronised action. It may not be in a traditional form.

    “But we’ve seen the Post Office workers and BT [on strike] we’ve seen the bus workers in London out on strike tomorrow and over the weekend. I think there is a massive response coming from working people because they’re fed up with the way they’ve been treated.”





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