London Tube Strike: How to get around London without five Tube lines

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The London Tube strike is set to go ahead on Friday, causing travel disappointment for commuters and Christmas shoppers.

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The 24-hour strike on the Night Tube Line – Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria will begin at 4.30 a.m. and more walkouts are planned in the coming weeks.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) consortium will walk out in a dispute over rosters, which will affect the planned return of Night Tube services.


The union said that new shifts are being imposed on the employees which will affect their work-life balance.

However, Transport for London (TfL) insisted that the changes had been agreed upon by other unions and would result in drivers working around four night shifts a year.

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Londoners are facing service disruptions and have been advised to check before travelling.

Here are alternative ways to get around London during the Tube Strike.


No timetable changes are scheduled for London bus services on Friday, although work on the Westway will affect local traffic after 10am.

Buses and roads are expected to be busier than usual and commuters are advised to allow more time for their journey and to walk or cycle where possible.

electric scooter

Some boroughs offer electric scooters for rent, which is the only way to legally ride in London.

These areas are Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

According to TfL, renting an e-scooter typically costs between £3.25 and £3.40 for a 15-minute journey.

Operators charge £1 unlock fee plus 15p per minute for Dot and Tier scooters or 16p per minute for Lime, which is paid through the respective app.


There will be little or no service at some locations on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines.

Waterloo and City Line will remain closed.

There is a general service running on the Bakerloo, Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines.

Carriages are expected to be busier than usual, forcing shoppers to look for alternative routes on Black Friday, which is typically one of the busiest shopping days of the year.


The Docklands Light Railway will close one hour earlier at 11.30 pm.

London Overground, TfL Rail and National Rail services

Services to and from central London are likely to be busier than usual as passengers are advised to allow more time for their journey.


Drivers are being told to expect roads in central London to become more congested and to walk or cycle where possible.

Beginning at 10 p.m., traffic in the Westfield area will be affected by road closures for the eastbound elevated section of the A40 Westway.

walking and cycling

Londoners are never more than 600 meters away from a Santander bicycle rental point in the center of the capital.

Meanwhile Brompton Bike Hire is offering free bike rentals at its docks across London.

Many parts of Zone 1 are walkable and people are advised to walk or cycle where possible.

Walking and cycling maps of the West End and the City of London can be downloaded from the TfL website.

Heathrow Airport

Passengers traveling to Heathrow are advised to use TfL Rail services as an alternative to the Piccadilly Line wherever possible.

evening and night strike

The strike action will affect only evening and night services on the Central and Victoria Lines.


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