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Is there a Tube strike today? How the rail walkout could affect London Underground lines and other TfL trains

Strikes have hit the railway network once again after talks collapsed between the unions and rail leaders.

Negotiations between Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) leaders and bosses ended on Wednesday night without agreement, with 40,000 union members at Network Rail and 13 train operators set to take industrial action over pay, redundancies and changes to working practices.

But how will this affect the Tube system? Here’s everything you need to know.

Will the train strikes affect the Tube?

The remaining rail strikes are planned for:

  • Thursday 23 June
  • Saturday 25 June

On Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June, about 40,000 rail operators – but not London Underground staff – will strike.

However, some lines will be affected.

TfL Tweeted: “Thursday 23 until Sunday 26 June

“Strikes on @NationalRailEnq may affect your journey Services affected include Elizabeth line, London Overground, trams and parts of the Tube.

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“Use our travel tools to check before you travel”.

This is because “there will be a reduced service on the London Overground and Elizabeth line (where TfL uses national rail assets) as well as parts of the Tube on Thurs 23 and Sat 25 June”, according to TfL.

This will last from 07:30 on Thurs 23 and Sat 25 June. They advise you to complete your journey by 18:00, avoid travelling on the Overground before mid-morning, and to check Tube and Elizabeth lines before you travel.

Where else are the strikes?

Only one in five rail services will be running from 7.30am in England, Scotland and Wales, and those that are operating will end at 6.30pm.

Passengers who are forced to travel are being urged to plan to ensure that they can complete their journeys within this window, with last services from London to Scotland, for example, leaving in the early afternoon.

National Rail has updated its journey planner for the strike days. It advises using the planner – which you can find here – if you need to travel.

Knock-on disruption is again expected on the roads, with motorists being warned to expect increased traffic.

Normally busy stations such as Waterloo and Euston in central London, Manchester’s Piccadilly and Glasgow Central were near deserted during rush hour on Tuesday, except for picket lines mounted by union members.

The shutters were down at rail and Tube stations, with millions of passengers forced to seek alternative transport or work from home, as the country’s rail network was left paralysed.

Uber prices rocketed as travellers scrambled to book cabs, with a three-mile journey from London’s Paddington to King’s Cross costing up to £27 at 8.45am, fare increases that passengers criticised as “disgraceful”.

Passengers at Stratford station, as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Scotland and Wales had almost no rail links and it was the same in Cornwall, Dorset, Chester and Hull.

The strikes come as students prepare to take GCSE and A-level examinations, with Glastonbury festival-goers among those who have been facing travel chaos.

Which railways are affected?

Thirteen operators on the national network will be affected:

  • Avanti West Coast
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Cross Country Trains
  • c2c
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Greater Anglia
  • Great Western Railway
  • LNER
  • Northern Trains
  • South Eastern
  • South Western Railway
  • TransPennine Express
  • West Midlands Trains

How can I check if my train is running?

The best way to check is by using the National Rail journey planner.

Alternatively, you can call National Rail on 03457 48 49 50 – lines are open 24 hours a day – or contact the train company you are planning to travel with directly.

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