London Tube strike: When is it happening and what lines will be disrupted?

25 November 2021, 18:02 | Updated: 3 December 2021, 14:58

Lines of the London Underground will be closed on Friday.
Lines of the London Underground will be "severely disrupted" on Friday. Picture: Alamy

By Sophie Barnett

Commuters will face "severe disruption" on the London Underground on Friday and Saturday evening as two Tube lines are due to be affected by a driver strike.

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Commuters have been advised to seek alternative routes where appropriate across the capital to make their journeys easier, with the Night Tube being cancelled on two lines.

Here is all you need to know.

When is it happening?

A number of evening and overnight strikes will also take place across December - affecting services on the Central and Victoria lines only.

Overnight strikes are planned from 8.30pm to 4.29am the following day.

The first will take place tonight, December 3, another Night Tube strike will take place on Saturday December 4.

The others will be held overnight on December 10, 11 and 17.

Services will be severely disrupted during the strikes, Transport for London (TfL) has warned.

A further full-day strike has been planned for Saturday, December 18.

Which lines will be affected?

December's overnight strikes will see the Central and Victoria lines affected only.

The day Tube strike on December 18 will affect the following lines:

  • Victoria
  • Central
  • Jubilee
  • Northern
  • Piccadilly

What are the alternative routes?

As a result of the Tube strike, the unaffected lines will likely run much busier services, Transport for London (TfL) has warned.

Instead, commuters have been advised to walk, cycle or use a rental e-scooter where appropriate to make their journeys easier.

TfL has urged people to check before they travel and plan ahead using their travel tools.

You can use the TfL Go app or Journey Planner to help you plan your route by public transport, cycling or walking.

Check TfL for the latest status updates for Tube, Overground, DLR and Trams, as well as buses and traffic updates.

Why are the strikes happening?

The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out in a dispute over rosters, arguing that they are being forced to take on additional shifts that will impact their work-life balance.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the strike would have been "avoidable" if staff had not been cut to save costs.

"This strike is about the ripping apart of popular and family-friendly agreements that helped make the original Night Tube such a success," he said.

"Instead the company want to cut costs and lump all drivers into a pool where they can be kicked from pillar to post at the behest of the management.

"We have made every effort in Acas and direct talks since the off to resolve this dispute but it is clear that LU bosses are driven solely by the bottom line and have no interest whatsoever in the wellbeing of their staff or the service to passengers.

"This strike action, and its serious consequences in the run-up to Christmas, was avoidable if the Tube management hadn't axed dedicated Night Tube staff and perfectly workable arrangements in order to cut staffing numbers and costs."