Tube strikes August 2022 LIVE – London grinds to a HALT as Underground, rail & bus walkout plunges capital into CHAOS

LONDONERS are suffeing fresh travel misery from today as thousands of workers stage strikes over pay, jobs and conditions.

Network Rail, train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital will be hit by walkouts over the weekend.

The industrial action is set to cause travel chaos for workers, holidaymakers and fans going to events, including a cricket Test match at Lords.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite will be involved in the industrial action, after ongoing talks failed to break the deadlocked rows.

On Thursday, RMT members at Network Rail (NR) and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike.

Today, members of the RMT and Unite on London Underground will walk out, as well as Unite members on London United bus routes in the capital in a separate dispute over pay.

On Saturday, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

Sunday morning train services will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday's action.

Read our Train strikes live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Louis Allwoodjust now

    Friday disruption

    Tube, London Overground and bus strikes will affect most TfL services. 

    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

  • Louis Allwood44 minutes ago

    'The unions are hell-bent on causing as much misery as possible'

    Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “It's clear, from their co-ordinated approach, that the unions are hell-bent on causing as much misery as possible…

    “To the very same taxpayers who stumped up £600 per household to ensure not a single rail worker lost their job during the pandemic.

    “Sadly, union chiefs have short memories and will be repaying this act of good faith by ruining millions of hard-working people's summer plans.

    “Businesses too will suffer, with the capital's leisure and tourism sectors, which have been banking on that summer trade, set to lose millions – a particularly cruel blow given how hard many worked to stay afloat during successive summers of lockdown.”

  • Louis AllwoodToday, 04:00

    'For many this is the first time they have ever taken industrial action'

    TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our members in the rail industry are going into the third or fourth year of a pay freeze. Meanwhile, food and fuel bills are spiralling, and the Tory cost-of-living crisis is making working people poorer. Enough is enough – this cannot go on.

    “For lots of our members, this is the first time they have ever taken industrial action – it is a last resort and not something any rail worker takes lightly.”

    He added: “Railway workers put their lives at risk to keep the country running in the pandemic and were rightly hailed as heroes. Yet now the Tories are hampering negotiations and blocking employers from making a reasonable offer to those same rail workers.

    “Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and the Department for Transport need to make a reasonable offer on pay and job security – either by coming to the table themselves or allowing employers to negotiate freely. The string-pulling and blocking negotiations must stop.

    “This dispute is not going away. Thousands of rail workers across the country are experiencing real-terms pay cuts as inflation skyrockets and the cost of living keeps rising.

    “We will not back down until our members have won the pay, conditions and job security they deserve.”

  • Louis AllwoodToday, 03:00

    TSSA members strike

    TSSA members taking action include staff working in ticket offices, stations, control rooms, engineering, as well as planning, timetabling and other support roles.

    The union is seeking guarantees of no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise in line with the cost of living, and promises of no unilateral alterations to job terms and conditions.

  • Louis AllwoodToday, 02:00

    'We won't be broken'

    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said his union's members are more determined than ever to protect their pensions, secure a decent pay rise, job security and good working conditions.

    Speaking in front of a picket line at Euston station yesterday morning, he declared that the rail strike “won't be broken” until there is a settlement to the dispute as he refused to put an end date on the industrial action.

    Lynch told the PA news agency: “We don't have a fixed programme – I don't have a whiteboard saying it starts on this day and it ends on that day.

    “We won't be broken. We are determined to get a settlement.

    “People have shown on the picket lines they are determined to dig in, we're not going to waste our members' efforts.

    “We will take the action that our members want to take as we go along, so we're not going to be broken.

    “We will continue the fight until we get a settlement.”

  • Louis AllwoodToday, 01:00

    Weekend disruption

    On Saturday, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

    Sunday morning train services will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday's action.

    Rail services on Thursday and Saturday will be drastically reduced, with only around a fifth running, and half of lines closed.

    Trains will only operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm on both strike days.

  • Louis AllwoodToday, 00:00

    Who will be affected?

    The strikes are set to spark misery not just for workers, but also holidaymakers and fans going to events.

    Premier League football fixtures and a cricket Test match at Lords, which began today, will be impacted by the strikes.

    Strikes will affect services until the weekend.

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 23:00

    Who will participate in the strikes?

    Network Rail, train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital will be hit by the walkouts which will spark chaos until Sunday.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite will be involved in the industrial action, after ongoing talks failed to break the deadlocked rows.

    Today, RMT members at Network Rail (NR) and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike.

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 22:00

    Chaos TODAY

    Commuters are bracing for days of travel misery ahead of rail, tube and bus strikes which begin TODAY.

    Tens of thousands of workers will stage strikes following long -running disputes over pay, jobs and conditions.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 21:30

    What to expect tomorrow morning

    The capital is set to grind to a halt tomorrow, as hundreds of rail workers down tools once again.

    Here is how the lines will be affected:

    1. London Underground: Avoid using, no night tube and severe delays all day.
    2. London Overground: No overnight services.
    3. Elizabeth line: Disruption.
    4. Trams: Huge delays.
    5. DLR: Daytime services running to Bank.
    6. Buses: Severe disruption
  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 21:01

    Ryanair hit with over 100 cancellations as travel chaos hits the aviation industry

    Wednesday saw a slew of Ryanair workers down tools across the company's Spanish operations.

    As a result, a reported 127 flights were cancelled in a single day.

    The areas affected include Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Malaga, Seville, Valencia, Alicante, Santiago de Compostela, Palma and Ibiza.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 20:30

    14 separate train operators went on strike today

    Network Rail, train companies, London Underground and buses in the capital have been hit by the walkouts which will spark chaos until Sunday.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite will be involved in the industrial action after ongoing talks failed to break the deadlocked rows.

    Today, RMT members at Network Rail (NR) and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR went on strike.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 20:00

    EasyJet strikes begin TOMORROW

    The first of the airline's strikes took place on August 12 and lasted until August 14.

    Now, the second strike is set to begin tomorrow and will run from August 19-21.

    The third and final strike will be from August 27-29.

    All three will are expected to disrupt flights at easyJet's bases at Barcelona, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 19:30

    Central Line suffers severe delays

    The Central Line is currently suffering from severe delays, despite strike action not set to begin until tomorrow.

    Tomorrow, Britain's rail service is set to grind to a halt once more.

    Rail workers are demanding higher wages, better working conditions and more employment security.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 19:00

    Heathrow Express at a standstill tonight

    The Heathrow Express will not be running from 6:10pm this evening until tomorrow morning at 7am, so anyone arriving very late or early tomorrow morning will have to find alternative routes.

    On August 20, trains won’t run before 7am or after 6:10pm.

    The Stansted Express has warned travellers to “avoid travelling with them” today, as well as over the entire weekend due to both strikes and engineering works.

    Luton Airport passengers will also be affected by the Thameslink strike, while Manchester Airport passengers have been warned to expect busier trains due to a reduced schedule.

    Brits may want to pre-book a taxi or drive to the airport to avoid the travel chaos, as the limited trains running are likely to be busy.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 18:30

    Unions on the brink of 'synchronised' strike, RMT boss claims

    Mick Lynch has claimed unions are getting ready to unite in something akin to a general strike.

    Speaking to Sky News, the union boss said: “There is a wave of reaction amongst working people to the way they’re being treated.

    “People are getting poorer every day of the week. People can’t pay their bills. They’re getting treated despicably at the workplace. I think there will be generalised and synchronised action. It may not be in a traditional form.

    “But we’ve seen the Post Office workers and BT [on strike] we’ve seen the bus workers in London out on strike tomorrow and over the weekend. I think there is a massive response coming from working people because they’re fed up with the way they’ve been treated.”

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 18:00

    How strikes will affect Brits

    Care worker Gbemi Nadi, says she will be forced to sleep in her car when the trains stop and can’t afford to drive to work each day.

    Gbemi, from Marlow, Bucks, said: “If I don’t get to work vulnerable people are without medication and therapies. As a team leader I must be there.

    “People like me, who earn a lot less than a £59,000 train driver, are picking up the pieces.”

    District nurse Laura Mills, 31, from Bognor Regis, West Sussex, says the train strikes have scuppered her first week off since winter.

    She said: “I was meant to take the train to see family in Yorkshire. I’m looking at hours on the road and £300 to fill my tank. It’s cheaper to not to take a holiday.”

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 17:30

    Mick Lynch doubles down

    RMT union boss Mick Lynch has doubled down on his intention to continue the rail chaos hitting the UK this weekend.

    The union boss said strikes will continue: “until we reach a settlement.”

    Brits are set to be hit with massive delays tomorrow, as the nation's rail services grind to a halt.

  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 17:00

    Tomorrow's outlook in London

    The capital is set to grind to a halt tomorrow, as hundreds of rail workers down tools once again.

    Here is how the lines will be affected:

    1. London Underground: Avoid using, no night tube and severe delays all day.
    2. London Overground: No overnight services.
    3. Elizabeth line: Disruption.
    4. Trams: Huge delays.
    5. DLR: Daytime services running to Bank.
    6. Buses: Severe disruption
  • Henry Moore18th Aug 2022, 16:30

    Who will be affected by this weekend's strike action?

    The strikes are set to spark misery not just for workers, but also holidaymakers and fans going to events.

    Premier League football fixtures and a cricket Test match at Lords, which began today, will be impacted by the strikes.

    Strikes will affect services until the weekend.

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 16:00

    ‘For many this is the first time they have ever taken industrial action’

    TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our members in the rail industry are going into the third or fourth year of a pay freeze. Meanwhile, food and fuel bills are spiralling, and the Tory cost-of-living crisis is making working people poorer. Enough is enough – this cannot go on.

    “For lots of our members, this is the first time they have ever taken industrial action – it is a last resort and not something any rail worker takes lightly.”

    He added: “Railway workers put their lives at risk to keep the country running in the pandemic and were rightly hailed as heroes. Yet now the Tories are hampering negotiations and blocking employers from making a reasonable offer to those same rail workers.

    “Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and the Department for Transport need to make a reasonable offer on pay and job security – either by coming to the table themselves or allowing employers to negotiate freely. The string-pulling and blocking negotiations must stop.

    “This dispute is not going away. Thousands of rail workers across the country are experiencing real-terms pay cuts as inflation skyrockets and the cost of living keeps rising.

    “We will not back down until our members have won the pay, conditions and job security they deserve.”

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 15:40

    TSSA members strike

    TSSA members taking action include staff working in ticket offices, stations, control rooms, engineering, as well as planning, timetabling and other support roles.

    The union is seeking guarantees of no compulsory redundancies, a pay rise in line with the cost of living, and promises of no unilateral alterations to job terms and conditions.

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 15:15

    How much are workers paid?

    These are the Office of National Statistics' median salary figures for five different categories of workers:

    • Rail travel assistants – £33,310 – includes ticket collectors, guards and information staff
    • Rail construction and maintenance operatives – £34,998 – they lay and repair tracks
    • Rail transport operatives – £48,750 – includes signallers and drivers' assistants
    • Train and tram drivers – £59,189
    • Workers who build and repair engines and carriages – £46,753

    The ONS have calculated a median figure of £43,747 across these five categories.

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 14:53

    Strike action will interrupt travel to football

    Rail network c2c have announced industrial action will effect those traveling to the West Ham game on the weekend.

    There will be no trains from or to West Ham after 18:21.

    ⚽ Industrial action will affect your travel to the @WestHam game.c2c trains will only be running between 07:30 and 18:30, no trains will be running to/from Ockendon and Chafford Hundred.
    There will be no c2c trains to or from West Ham after 18:21 – https://t.co/7aKCG2qceO pic.twitter.com/Dee0yJr46p

    — c2c Rail (@c2c_Rail) August 18, 2022

  • Louis Allwood18th Aug 2022, 14:30

    Weekend disruption

    On Saturday, RMT members at Network Rail and 14 train operators, TSSA members at seven companies, and Unite members at NR will strike again, along with London United bus drivers.

    Sunday morning train services will be affected by the knock-on effect of Saturday’s action.

    Rail services on Thursday and Saturday will be drastically reduced, with only around a fifth running, and half of lines closed.

    Trains will only operate between 7.30am and 6.30pm on both strike days.

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