Getting around the capital during metro outages

Large swaths of London’s Underground network will be closed on Tuesday 21 June after the rail, maritime and transport (RMT) union confirmed the strike would follow. Around 10,000 London Underground workers will leave for a 24-hour period.

The London Underground strikes will coincide with the first day of nationwide strike action across the rail network, which will take place on 21 June, 23 June and 25 June and will see around 40,000 RMT members on strike.

In addition, overnight strikes on the Central, Jubilee and Victoria lines will continue every Friday and Saturday through June 26.

As public transport is set to be severely disrupted on June 21, here are alternative ways to travel around London during the strikes.

Bus

Buses and local roads in London are expected to be busier than usual, so passengers are advised to allow more time for travel and to consider walking or cycling.

London bus maps by area can be found on the TfL website, as well as bus and traffic status updates.

London Underground Strike: June 2022

Pipe

The tube will likely be affected from midnight June 20th until around 8am on June 22nd.

The entire pipe network is expected to be impacted by the strike action.

London Overground, TfL Rail, DLR, London Trams and National Rail services

Services to and from central London are likely to be interrupted.

Passengers are advised to check for possible station closures before traveling if they plan to use the services of stations served by the metro.

Status updates for the Underground, London Overground, TfL Rail, DLR and London Trams can also be found on the TfL website.

driving

As the roads will be busier than usual, passengers are advised to consider walking or cycling and allowing more time for the journey.

Traffic status updates can be checked on the TfL website.

Car rental schemes like Zipcar should be particularly busy.

    (Lucy Young)

(Lucy Young)

walking and cycling

TfL recommends that passengers walk and cycle all or part of their journey whenever possible.

Much of Zone 1 is walkable, and Londoners are never more than 600 meters from a Santander Cycle rental point in central London.

Passengers can use maps on the TfL website to plan trips on foot or by bike through central London.

electric scooter

There are electric scooter rentals in some boroughs of London, which is the only legal way to ride a bike in London.

These boroughs are Camden, City of London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Westminster.

According to TfL, renting an e-scooter typically costs between £3.25 and £3.40 for a 15-minute ride.

Operators charge an unlocking fee of £1 plus 15p per minute for Dott and Tier scooters or 16p per minute for Lime, which is payable via the relevant app.

Heathrow

The Piccadilly Line will be affected by the strike.

TfL advises passengers traveling to Heathrow to use TfL Rail Paddington services or third-party bus services.

Night Tube strikes on weekends

Night strikes on the Central and Victoria lines are taking place every Friday and Saturday until Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Passengers are advised to check the TfL website for updates before travelling.

travel tools

In addition to checking the TfL website for updates, Londoners can use a variety of travel tools to plan their trips.

The TfL Journey Planner helps passengers plan public transport, cycling or walking routes, while the Nearby page provides information on tube, bus, river, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and Santander Cycles locations.

The TfL Go app provides users with a live map to see their route and live updates on all bus, tube, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and tram lines.

Users can also check walking and cycling routes for all or part of their journey, and the app’s stepless mode helps passengers plan accessible journeys – this includes information on restroom availability, platform access and elevator status at alive.

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