Four tube lines are completely closed during the 24-hour walkout transport to london (TfL) staff, while six are operating a “special service”, with trains running only on less central stretches.
London Overground, DLR, London Tram, London Bus and National Rail services are all in operation but are expected to be busier than usual.
Although the Elizabeth Line operates, stations served by the London Underground may also be closed.
TfL is advising people to “avoid traveling where possible on Monday 6 June”. If travel of passengers is essential, they are advised to “try to do it after 8.00 and complete your journey by 18.00”.
The RMT union says the industrial action is in response to proposals that would eliminate 600 jobs and break existing working agreements.
Secretary-General Mick Lynch said: “We are calling for a direct one-on-one meeting with Mayor Sadiq Khan to resolve this mess.
“There is no point in our union sitting opposite management representatives, who have neither the inclination nor the authority to compromise, when the power is with the mayor.”
Buses and unaffected lines ‘busier than usual’, TfL warns
While buses, DLR, Elizabeth Line, trams and overground services remain unaffected by the strike today, they are “busier than usual”, TfL has warned.
The Transport Authority urged Londoners to devote more time to travel and to consider alternatives such as walking and cycling.
Andy Gregory6 June 2022 12:37
London streets overcrowded due to strike
The Tube strike has caused delays on the streets of London, affecting private cars, commercial vehicles and buses.
Location technology firm TomTom said the level of road congestion at 8 a.m. was 71 percent, up from 64% a fortnight ago.
Figures represent the ratio of additional time required for travel compared to free-flow conditions.
Zoe Tidman6 June 2022 12:00
How is the reaction of passengers?
Travelers in London trying to navigate the capital as normal routes were halted.
Construction worker Miguel Basantis was left stranded at Paddington station as he tried to work in Hampstead.
The 54-year-old said: “Liverpool Street was crowded with people and I waited for 20 or 30 minutes. I don’t know how to get to work.”
Meanwhile, 25-year-old restaurant employee Kundan Darla said: “I think it’s bad, I’m too late for work.”
Paul Glennon, a 52-year-old construction worker in central London, said: “It’s back to reality for all of us. No more parties and parades.
“I’ve spent my whole morning waiting for buses packed in the rain.”
Zoe Tidman6 June 2022 11:21
Rail strike ‘not necessarily the best way to guarantee a strong future for industry’
London is once again troubled by the Tube strike involving members of the RMT union. Transport for London, which runs the Underground, has been accused by the union of threatening 600 jobs, breaking working agreements and posing “a potential threat to pensions”. Rail unions have also been planning the biggest train strike across the country for decades.
In his latest travel podcast, travel correspondent Simon Calder says: “I completely understand where Tube workers – and railroad workers – are coming from. They were expected to work all the way through Covid And take the country forward.”
But, as they point out, the finances for public transport have been completely ruined by the coronavirus pandemic. There is a shortfall of at least 20 per cent and the railways – both underground and on the ground – depend on the support of taxpayers to run.
“I do not believe that today’s strike, and a national rail stoppage planned for the summer, is the best way to guarantee a strong future for the industry,” he says.
simon calder6 June 2022 11:00
How Can Travelers Get Around London During Today’s Tube Strike?
The Tube network across the city center has been shut down today due to a massive strike by Transport for London workers.
The disruption is expected to continue after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 7.
TfL is advising customers to “avoid traveling where possible on Monday 6th June” and “avoid traveling before 8.00 pm” on Tuesdays.
“If you need to travel, make more time for your travels,” reads the advice.
But if you have an essential trip, how can you get around London today?
Read our guide to the transportation options still available:
Helen Coffey6 June 2022 10:57
Grant Shapps Tweets in Support of Boris Johnson
London is paralyzed by another tube strike. Airlines are still canceling flights in their hundreds. And amid growing chaos at UK airports, tens of thousands of passengers are still stranded.
But the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has found time to tweet his support for the prime minister, who is facing a vote of confidence from Conservative lawmakers.
Mr Shapps wrote: “With the rising cost of living, war in Europe and the post-Covid economy recovering, now is not the time for distracting and divisive leadership competition.
“@BorisJohnson I have my backing – to work for the British people we must support them.”
The transport secretary has been one of the prime minister’s most loyal supporters, defending him repeatedly on the broadcast media.
simon calder6 June 2022 10:40
London Overground section suspended
London Overground is currently partially suspended.
There is no service between Hackney Downs and Cheshunt/Enfield Town due to power supply problems in Stoke Newington.
The rest of the line is operating a good service.
Helen Coffey6 June 2022 10:20
south west train pain
With many London commuters switching to National Rail services, the disruption to trains is all the more significant.
The South Western Railway, which runs services to the capital from Surrey and Hampshire, is reporting delays due to the failure of a single point between Raines Park and New Malden. Although it extends beyond the tube network, the problem is causing travel disruptions between Surbiton and Wimbledon – where London Underground links normally begin.
“Trains may be cancelled, delayed or modified,” the company says. “Travellers wishing to travel from Raines Park or New Malden to Surbiton should travel to Wimbledon and head there for service back towards Surbiton.”
simon calder6 June 2022 10:05
Heathrow alternatives for arrival and departure of airline passengers
Airline passengers traveling via Heathrow can find alternative transport to and from central London via the usual Piccadilly Line link.
The strike by members of the RMT union on the London Underground is not affecting the Elizabeth Line, which currently operates in three sections.
Trains departing from Heathrow Terminal 5 at one minute and 31 minutes every hour, calling into the central area – Terminals 2 and 3 – six minutes later.
From Central Zone, there are additional trains every hour 22 and 52 minutes before.
They run to London Paddington, where passengers can change to continue on the Elizabeth Line to central London and Canary Wharf.
simon calder6 June 2022 09:51
Which London Underground lines are affected by today’s Tube strike?
There has been a major tube strike in the UK capital today amid a 24-hour walkout by Transport for London employees.
Some London Underground lines are completely closed as of Tuesday morning, while others are operating in some parts outside central London.
Read our explainer for everything you need to know about which stations and lines are open:
Helen Coffey6 June 2022 09:46