Strikes

This page is updated regularly. Last updated: Thursday 18 August 2022


Thursday 18 to Saturday 20 August

  • National rail strikes on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 August
  • London-wide strikes affecting Tube, Rail and bus on Friday 19 August
  • Some disruption is likely early in the day after each strike

Thursday 18 August

Strikes on national rail services (nationwide) causing severe disruption. Only travel on national rail services if absolutely necessary. 

Most TfL services running as normal, but expect disruption on the following lines and areas.

  • London Overground - reduced service between 08:00 and 18:00. No service before 08:00 or after 18:00
  • Elizabeth line 
    • Central (Paddington-Abbey Wood) - reduced service after 18:00
    • East (Liverpool Street-Shenfield) - trains running every 30 minutes 07:00-17:30 only. Trains won't stop at Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Goodmayes
    • West (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow) - trains every 30 minutes 07:10-17:40 only.  Heathrow trains only running to Terminal 4.
  • District line - no service between Wimbledon and Parson's Green, and Richmond and Turnham Green before 08:00 and after 18:00
  • Bakerloo line - no service north of Queen's Park
  • Plan ahead and check your travel

Friday 19 August

Tube, London Overground and bus strikes affecting most TfL services. Avoid travel on the Tube if possible and only travel on the rest of the network if essential.

  • Tube: severe disruption on all lines. Little to no services throughout the day. No Night Tube
  • London Overground: late start. No Night Overground
  • Elizabeth line
    • Central (Paddington-Abbey Wood) - normal service starting 07:00. After 22:30, trains may not stop at all stations
    • East (Liverpool Street-Shenfield) - normal service starting 07:00
    • West (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow) - normal service starting 07:00
  • Trams: reduced service
  • DLR: services into Bank running 07:00-18:30
  • Buses: services affected in west and south west London and parts of Surrey
    • Impact on the following routes: 9, 18, 33, 49, 65, 70, 71, 72, 85, 94, 105, 110, 116, 117, 148, 203, 211, 216, 220, 223, 224, 235, 258, 265, 266, 272, 281, 283, 290, 293, 371, 404, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, 467, 470, 481, C1, E1, E3, H17, H22, H32, H37, H91, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, N9, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266 and S3
    • No Night Bus services on affected routes
  • Coaches: very busy
  • National rail: very little service before 08:00

If you need to travel, river services, London Cable Car and Santander Cycles will be available to help you get around.

Saturday 20 August

  • Strikes on national rail services (nationwide) expected to cause severe disruption. Only travel on national rail services if absolutely necessary
  • Buses: services affected in west and south west London and parts of Surrey
    • Impact on the following routes: 9, 18, 33, 49, 65, 70, 71, 72, 85, 94, 105, 110, 116, 117, 148, 203, 211, 216, 220, 223, 224, 235, 258, 265, 266, 272, 281, 283, 290, 293, 371, 404, 406, 411, 418, 419, 423, 440, 465, 467, 470, 481, C1, E1, E3, H17, H22, H32, H37, H91, H98, K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, N9, N18, N33, N65, N72, N266 and S3
    • No Night Bus services on affected routes
  • Following the Tube strike the previous day, Tube services will start after 08:00. Most TfL services will run as normal after 08:00, but expect disruption on the following lines and areas:
    • London Overground - reduced service between 08:00 and 18:00. No service after 18:00. No Night Overground
    • London Overground - Reduced service between 08:00 and 18:00. No service before 08:00 or after 18:00
    • Elizabeth line
      • Central (Paddington-Abbey Wood) - reduced service after 18:00
      • East (Liverpool Street-Shenfield) - trains running every 30 minutes 07:00-17:30 only. Trains won't stop at Maryland, Forest Gate, Manor Park, Goodmayes
      • West (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow) - trains every 30 minutes 07:10-17:40 only.  Heathrow trains only running to Terminal 4
    • District line - no service between Wimbledon and Parson's Green, and Richmond and Turnham Green before 08:00 and after 18:00
    • Bakerloo line - no service north of Queen's Park
  • Trams - reduced service
  • Plan ahead and check your travel

Sunday 21 August

  • Disruption from the strikes will continue to affect some services
  • Avoid travelling on affected services before 08:00

What to do

  • On Friday 19 August, avoid travelling on the Tube. Only travel on the rest of the network if essential
  • Plan ahead
  • Check your travel
  • Use our travel tools (see below)
  • Allow more time for your journey
  • If you're traveling to an event in London this week, check with your event organiser and plan your journeys in advance
  • Consider walking or cycling part of your journey

Walking and cycling

Our maps can help you plan your walking or cycling journey around central London:

River services

  • River Bus services running as normal 
  • Additional services running on Friday 19 August  

Accessibility

London Overground and Elizabeth line will continue to offer Turn Up and Go assistance. However, if trains are too full and this is not possible, we'll assist with alternative routes or will provide a taxi. At present, it may take longer than usual for a taxi to arrive.

Ticket acceptance

Customers presenting paper National Rail tickets (singles, returns or season tickets) will be allowed to travel on bus, Tube, Tram or DLR services, on reasonable routes only, on the days of the national rail strike action. For more information, see the National Rail Enquiries website.

Friday 19 August

  • Travelcards will be accepted on alternative services within the zones on the ticket
  • If you are using Pay as you go, you will be charged for the service(s) you use

Use our travel tools

Check before you travel and plan ahead using our travel tools. To keep up-to-date with the latest service information, see:

  • This web page, which will be regularly updated
  • The TfL Go app
  • Journey Planner, which can help you plan your route by public transport, cycling or walking
  • The latest status updates for Tube, rail and trams
  • The latest status updates for buses and traffic
  • Nearby, which uses your current location or a postcode or address of your choice and places you on a map, showing you Tube, bus, rail and Santander Cycles locations around you
  • Our email updates