Are London Tubes running amid train strikes this week?

Is the London Underground affected by rail strikes?

August 13th 2022

Are London Tubes running amid train strikes this week?
London Underground train whizzing past
Is the London Underground going to be running? (Picture: Getty)

More national rail strikes are on their way, after strikes in June and July caused chaos for commuters.

Train strikes are happening on Saturday, August 13, as well as Thursday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20.

Transport for London (TfL) staff are taking industrial action, too – and are set to walk out on Friday, August 19.

Given all of the upcoming strikes, how will London’s Tube, Overground and other TfL services be affected? Indeed, you can expect disruption on TfL public transport this week, according to TfL’s website.

Here’s all you need to know.

Are the Tubes running this week amid rail strikes?

London Overground train pulling out of platform
London Overground will be affected by strike action (Picture: Getty)

Saturday, August 13

On Saturday, the Tubes will be running but busy – as will the Elizabeth Line, but unrelated engineering works will impact the Hammersmith & City Line and parts of the District Line.

Buses will run as normal on Saturday, TfL says.

However, there will be no London Overground trains, as well as ‘minimal to no trains’ on all National Rail routes – with service expected to return by midday on Sunday, August 14.

Monday, August 15 to Wednesday, August 17

There are currently no warnings in place for these dates, related to the various rail strikes.

You should be able to travel on the Tube, London buses and London Overground as normal, keeping in mind any previously planned closures, etc.

Bakerloo Line tube to Queens Park
Parts of the Bakerloo Line will be closed, but other Tube services will be operating on certain days (Picture: Getty)

Thursday, August 18

Thursday will see reduced Overground and Elizabeth Line service, along with the advice to only travel on National Rail services ‘if absolutely necessary’.

Buses and Tubes will be running on Thursday, though there’ll be no Bakerloo Line service north of Queen’s Park.

Friday, August 19

Friday will be the day Tubes are most impacted, as this is when TfL staff go on strike themselves.

It’s advised you don’t try to travel on the Tube on this day ‘if possible’.

All Tubes, Elizabeth Line, buses and Overground services will either be ‘severely disrupted’ or just not running at all – while National Rail services will recover from the previous day’s strike in the morning.

London's Elizabeth Line sign
The Elizabeth Line will also see reduced service on various days (Picture: Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)

Saturday, August 20

Saturday, August 20 will see further disruption, as another national rail strike commences.

You can expect Tubes to return to their usual service in the morning, albeit likely quite busy with a few disruptions.

That said, there will be reduced service on the Overground, Elizabeth Line, and no service north of Queen’s Park on the Bakerloo Line.

By Sunday, August 21, you might experience some minor disruption on the Tube or other TfL services, but things should start getting back to normal on and after this date.

If you’re feeling cautious, check your planned route on TfL’s journey planner.

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