London Underground (LU) is operating services on all lines that were scheduled to run despite the strike called by the leadership of the ASLEF union.
The completely unnecessary strike action is likely to cause significant disruption throughout the day, but LU is working to ensure as many services as possible will operate. London's 700 bus routes and some river services are also in operation.
Customers are urged to check before they travel at www.tfl.gov.uk. At present, services are currently operating as follows:
LU Managing Director, Mike Brown said: "This strike is beyond belief. The ASLEF leadership is tearing up long-standing agreements that cover pay and annual leave and demanding even more - triple time and another day off. Londoners will simply be stunned at such a claim.
"The union leadership has shown complete disdain for all who want to visit family and friends or hunt a good bargain during what is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
"We are running as many Tube services as possible, as well as London's 700 bus routes and some river services. We are also discussing with West End retailers how we can support more pedestrian VIP events in the near future, to encourage more shoppers to the West End.
"I urge all ASLEF members booked to work today to ignore this unnecessary strike and report for work."
ASLEF walked out of talks at the conciliation service ACAS, unilaterally tearing up a long-standing agreement clearly covering all Bank holidays and demanding triple pay and a day off in lieu for drivers who are scheduled to work on Boxing Day. An offer from LU to reduce the number of drivers rostered to work on Boxing Day was flatly rejected by the union leadership, who were clearly determined to strike and disrupt Londoners' Christmas holidays.
ASLEF, along with all Tube unions, signed up to an agreement, which gave all LU staff increased pay and 6.8 weeks of holidays on the understanding that this involved working some public holidays including Boxing day. This has now been torn up by ASLEF.