Are subways running this week amid train strikes?

London Underground

Will your subway journey be affected by strikes? (Image: Getty)

New year, new strikes – at least that’s how it seems to be going in January 2023.

A new wave of industrial action is hitting a range of industries as workers fight for higher wages and disputes over their respective working conditions – a disruption to a range of services.

The UK train strikes are at the heart of this action, which began in the summer of 2022 and last wreaked havoc on commuters in December 2022.

But how will rail workers in London be affected when rail workers hit pickets across the country again?

In particular, will it prevent workers from getting from A to B on the subway?

Let’s see what Transport for London (TfL) says.

When are the national rail strikes?

Kings Cross departure board amid a train strike

Train strikes last hit the UK in December 2022 – as seen here at London’s Kings Cross (Credits: PA)

You can expect five days of national rail strikes, starting today (Tuesday 3 January).

That The National Union for Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) is behind this strike, along with another tomorrow (Wednesday 4 January) and others later in the week.

Between the days of the RMT strikes, which are said to affect 15 railway companies across the country, members of the ASLEF union representing train drivers will also take action.

The full list of rail strike days in January is as follows:

Train strike dates in January 2023

  • Tuesday 3 January (RMT)
  • Wednesday 4 January (RMT)
  • Thursday 5 January (ASLEF)
  • Friday January 6th (RMT)
  • Saturday 7th January (RMT).

Are the London Underground and other TfL services operating during these strikes?

For the most part, Tubes will run on strike days.

Referring to the RMT strikes on 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th January, TfL says on its website: “Most TfL services, including most of the Tube, continue to operate.

“However, some disruption is expected on the London Overground, Elizabeth Line, Circle Line and parts of the District and Bakerloo lines.”

Expect Elizabeth Line and Circle Line trains to run in reduced numbers – while the Bakerloo Line between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone does not run at all.

As for the District Line, there will be limited service between Wimbledon and Parsons Green and between Richmond and Turnham Green – bear this in mind if your next stop is in this area.

On days after strike action, you can expect these affected subways and services to be busy early in the morning as the normal schedule resumes until “late morning”.

At the time of writing, TfL’s website doesn’t make direct reference to the January 5th ASLEF strike, but it’s probably wise to plan for disruption even then.

Full details can be found on TfL’s page dedicated to strike updates.

Bear in mind that there will also be some London bus strikes in January, mainly affecting more than 50 bus routes in west and south London.

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