Here's what you need to know about Thursday's 24-hour London Underground strike by Tube drivers

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Tube drivers are set to strike over working conditions (Source: Getty)

Bad news, Londoners.

Winter is coming, and so is the capital's next Tube strike. The Aslef union has announced a 24-hour walkout for this Thursday 5 October, and you'll want to plan ahead: it's going to be a big one.

With that in mind, here's everything you need to know about the day and how to plan for alternative travel if you're coming into London.

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Who's striking and why?

Train drivers' union Aslef announced that its Tube driver members will go on strike in a row over working conditions. The union said London Underground had agreed to allow drivers to reduce the number of shifts they work, on a pro-rata basis, along with new ways of working to cut the percentage of weekend shifts worked by July this year.

However, Aslef said LU had "repeatedly refused to make any detailed proposals to do so", which has led to the upcoming strike action.

How many Tube drivers will it involve?

We won't know precisely until the day, but it's likely to be a fair chunk, as there are around 3,500 Tube drivers in total and 80 per cent of those are members of Aslef. 

And will they all take part in the industrial action?

Turnout can be a decent indicator of how strong people's opinions on the issue at hand are, and Transport for London (TfL) has said of those eligible to vote, under half called for strike action.

Turnout for the ballot was 53.1 per cent, and of those who took part, 88.4 per cent backed walkouts over the dispute. 

But TfL has warned it is expecting the Tube network as a whole to face "substantial disruption".


(Source: TfL)

Any chance of it being avoided?

Possibly. Talks were held last week as well as yesterday, with more planned for today, but we may not know up until the day before whether the strike will get called off.

TfL has said it was "working closely with the unions" in an effort to find new ways to allow employees to secure a good balance between their work and personal lives. So fingers crossed they reach a resolution.

How can I plan an alternative route in on the 5 October?

TfL has got tons of walking maps and infographics which come in handy for days like this. There's this on the central London journeys that can be quicker to walk:

(Click or tap to open the full-size version)

There's also a bus map of the capital, for those unaccustomed to hopping on one:

And of course, the classic map showing walking steps between stations on the same line:

(Click or tap to open the full-size version)

TfL said it is finalising plans to assess what services it will be able to run, and will provide more information to passengers shortly. Check back to its site for travel information here.

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