All you need to know about next week's massive Tube strike

 
Rebecca Smith
BRITAIN-TRANSPORT-STRIKE-TUBE
Get ready for another few days of this misery (Source: Getty)

Just in: next week's Tube strikes have been suspended after last-ditch talks were held this week between the RMT union and London Underground bosses.

There was going to be more strike action next week with more than 3,000 members of the RMT union planning to walk out over ticket office closures and job cuts.

Read more: Every route from Waterloo station to Bank, ranked

When will the strike take place?

The first kicks off from 6pm Sunday 5 February until 09:59 on Monday 6 February. Then there's another from 10am on Tuesday 7 February until 00:59 on Wednesday 8 February.

Which lines and stations will it affect?

Brace yourselves, it's looking like all of them. Remember January's massive shutdown of the majority of Zone 1 stations? Yeah, a repeat of that. Most will be shut or close at short notice for safety reasons.

So if you're coming in from King's Cross, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge, there won't be an interchange.

Here's a map of the areas affected. Coloured lines are likely to run at times, the greyed out are unlikely to open at all.

Map of doom: Get ready for chaos in the capital folks

Click or tap to see larger version (Source: TfL)

Will anything run?

Here's what Transport for London (TfL) is expecting at the moment:


(Source: TfL)

What will the bus, road etc. situation be like?

TfL has warned that National Rail services, bus routes and the roads of course, will be very busy indeed. It has advised against driving in central London unless it's essential, and, if you have to, stick to the north and south circular roads and/or the M25.

If you're aiming for a bus, use pay as you go with an Oyster or contactless card – they don't accept cash. Here's a handy bus and walking map if you're not used to getting the bus.

Should I brave getting on my bike?

Quite possibly. Rather helpfully, Halfords has announced it'll offer free bike checks across all of its London shops. So you can get your brakes, gears, wheels etc. checked out before braving the roads. No need to book either – just turn up with your bike.

Last strike extra Santander Cycle hubs were put around central London to help, and more than 80 per cent more bikes were hired on the day than for the January average. So you may need to fend off other other commuters to pedal away with one.

How can I get more information?

TfL will be updating its special strike page with more information as and when it has it, which also includes status updates, traffic status and docking station info for Santander Cycles.

Read more: London Tories: Mayor's Tube strike concessions will cost £17m a year

Any chance it won't happen?

There's still hope – talks are currently ongoing between Tube bosses and the RMT. And there has been progress.

The TSSA, which joined in on the last Tube strike, has said it won't be involved in this one after saying London Underground's offer of more jobs "goes some way towards restoring adequate safety on the Tube". Talks are ongoing to clarify details made in the proposal.

Is there more to come?

Yes, be warned – unless this dispute is resolved, there will be more planned in March. The RMT is planning fresh dates.

Related articles