Thursday 6 February: 17:45 Travel Update - Nearly 75 per cent of stations open despite unnecessary strike over Tube modernisation
Nearly 75 per cent of London Underground (LU) stations are open this evening, with services operating on 9 out of 11 lines, despite the completely unnecessary strike action called by the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions.
Some train services got up and running before 05:30 today, and 91 per cent of regular oyster customers have been travelling in London this morning.
More trains are running to more destinations and more stations are open than yesterday and this, along with a range of other transport options, is keeping London moving and open for business.
Yesterday LU ran over a third of services, with 70 per cent of stations open. Some 86 per cent of regular Oyster customers travelled in London and Barclays Cycle Hire journeys were up by 50 per cent, as they are today. LU intends to resume normal services across the network from first thing on Friday morning.
Mike Brown MVO, London Underground's Managing Director, said today:
`Many thousands of LU and TfL staff are working hard again today to keep customers informed and to keep London moving and open for business.
`I am grateful to our customers for their patience, and we will be doing everything we can to run as many services as possible.
`I'm pleased that more staff have come to work today than yesterday and that we've been able to get nearly 75 per cent of stations open.
`Our plans will see all Tube stations will remain staffed and controlled at all times when services are operating, and we'll be introducing a 24-hour service at weekends during 2015.
`In future, there will be more staff in ticket halls and on platforms to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journeys and to keep them safe and secure.
`We're committed to implement these changes without compulsory redundancies and there'll be a job for everyone at LU who wants to work for us and be flexible.'
The strikes have been called by the leadership of the RMT and TSSA unions over LU's plans to modernise and improve customer service. LU Managing Director, Mike Brown has made the following commitments to Londoners:
- All stations will remain staffed and controlled at all times, with more staff visible to help customers
- We'll introduce a new 24-hour service at weekends from 2015
- We'll provide more frequent and reliable services with better, more accessible stations
- We'll introduce simpler ticketing - such as contactless bank card payment
- We'll provide the best possible value for the fare you pay
Latest Travel advice to customers (17:30):
The situation may change throughout the day and buses and the transport network will be very busy.
TfL is urging all customers to plan ahead and to check before they travel at tfl.gov.uk and by following @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
LU is working to keep services operating until at least 23:00hrs, but customers are advised to complete their homeward journeys as soon as possible.
Services are currently operating as follows:
Please check for the latest updates before you travel.
Services are operating between Queen's Park and Elephant & Castle around every ten minutes in both directions.
These trains are not stopping at Edgware Road, Kilburn Park, Lambeth North, Maida Vale, Piccadilly Circus, Regent's Park, Paddington
Services are running:
between Epping / Hainault and Marble Arch around every 10 minutes in both directions
These trains are not stopping at Bond St, Bethnal Green, Chancery Lane, Redbridge, Wanstead
between Upminster and Wimbledon in both directions
District line trains will not stop at Aldgate East, Fulham Broadway, Stepney Green, Temple
Hammersmith & City line
Services running between Hammersmith and Aldgate around every ten minutes in both directions.
These trains will not stop at Barbican, Barbican, Great Portland Street, Ladbroke Grove. It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.
Services are running:
between Stanmore and Finchley Road around every ten minutes in both directions
These trains will not stop at Bermondsey, Canada Water and Southwark stations. It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.
Running trains between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate around every ten minutes in both directions.
These trains will not stop at Barbican or Great Portland Street stations. It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.
Services are running over the whole line with a train around every five minutes via both the Bank and Charing Cross branches in both directions.
These trains will not stop at Angel, Borough, Chalk Farm, Clapham North, Clapham South, Embankment, Goodge Street, Leicester Square, Mornington Crescent, Oval, Tufnell Park, Warren Street, It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.
No service would operate through the central area.
Services are running:
between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 around every 20 minutes in both directions
These trains will not stop at Heathrow Terminal 4,Heathrow Terminal 5, Hounslow West, Southgate It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.
Services are running Seven Sisters to Brixton around every five minutes in both directions.
These trains will not stop at Warren Street, Pimlico, Highbury & Islington. It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.
As previously announced, services will not be operating on the Waterloo & City or Circle lines today, but most of their stations are served by other lines.
Other transport services
Good services are operating this morning on the bus network, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Overground and London Tramlink.
Extra bus services are being provided, alongside enhanced river and coach services and marshalled taxi ranks at key London national rail termini
Further Information on alternative travel options:
- A normal service is operating. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected today.
- London buses operate around 700 routes and services are being boosted with around 200 extra buses on key routes - more than planned;
- TfL Ambassadors and volunteers are being deployed to bus stations and hubs to provide customers with travel information and advice on the ground.
- A normal service is operating. Some stations where there is an interchange with London Underground may be affected, and services may be subject to alterations to minimise overcrowding and move people as effectively as possible
- A normal service is operating.
Emirates Air Line
- A normal service is operating. LU tickets will be accepted on Emirates Air Line services on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February and on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February.
- Barclays Cycle Hire will be available to members and casual users, although demand is likely to be high, and cycles harder to access, during peak time
- Londoners who own a bike are encouraged to cycle to work, and a Cycle Journey Planner is provided at tfl.gov.uk/cyclejourneyplanner;
- TfL has written to hundreds of businesses across London to ask them to be flexible and make it easy for staff to cycle to work, and to allow staff to wear casual clothes on the day.
Taxis & Private Hire
- Private hire and minicab services will be running as normal. Details for licensed private hire and minicab operators in London are available at tfl.gov.uk/cabwise
- Oyster Pay As You Go is accepted for all National Rail journeys within Greater London;
- Travelcards are also valid for travel on National Rail within the zones purchased.
- Walking maps will be provided online, in bus, rail, and Tube stations in Zone 1 and other key outer London stations, with TfL Ambassadors and volunteers helping people plan their routes around the city;
- People are urged to consider walking for short journeys, where possible.
Roads and the Congestion Charge
- To help keep traffic flowing, the Congestion Charge will remain in operation throughout the strike
- TfL will be delaying or curtailing road works on major London roads wherever possible and has encouraged all London boroughs to take similar measures on their network. TfL will also work with the Metropolitan Police to minimise the impact of congestion;
- TfL will be working to keep traffic flowing around major transport hubs;
- Londoners and commuters are encouraged to keep journeys by car to a minimum to enable public transport to move freely.
Several coach operators, including National Express and Green Line, offer services that stop in a number of locations throughout London. Some of the core coach routes are as follows:
Golders Green - Finchley Road - Baker Street - Marble Arch - Victoria Coach Station (National Express)
Brent Cross - Finchley Road - Baker Street - Marble Arch - Victoria (Green Line)
Hillingdon - Shepherd's Bush/Baker Street - Marble Arch - Victoria (Oxford Tube & X90)
Hammersmith - Kensington - Hyde park Corner - Victoria (Green Line)
Stratford - Bow - Aldgate - Victoria Coach Station (National Express)
Bexley - Canary Wharf - Aldgate - Embankment - Victoria Street (Commuter Services)
Coulsdon - Wallington - Streatham - Stockwell - Victoria Coach Station (National Express)
Sutton - Wallington - Streatham - Stockwell - Victoria Coach Station (National Express)
Eltham - Lewisham - Walworth - Elephant & Castle - Victoria Coach Station (National Express)
Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Victoria Coach Station ticket hall, or on the operators websites:
http://www.nationalexpress.com for main site and bookings.
http://coach.nationalexpress.com/nxbooking/stop-finder to find where the coach stops are in London
http://www.greenline.co.uk for main site and bookings
http://www.greenline.co.uk/timetables-search/ for location of stops in London