Severe disruption on the Tube network tomorrow (Thursday 3 March) with a high chance of no Underground services until 08:00 Friday 4 March
“We know our customers deserve better than this continued disruption and that is why we’re urging the RMT to talk to us so we can find a resolution to this dispute which has already damaged London’s recovery from the pandemic”
Andy Lord
Chief Operating Officer, TfL
Londoners whose journeys rely on Tube connections are advised to work from home if they can, consider different modes and allow extra time for essential journeys
Other TfL services will run, but are likely to be significantly busierand some stations served by London Overground may open later than usual
Strike action is being taken despite there being no proposals tabled on pensions or conditions, and no job losses
TfL’s actions to make London Underground more efficient and financially sustainable – including an independent review of its pension arrangements – are in response to Government conditions of funding agreement
There is likely to be no service on the London Underground (LU) network on Thursday 3 March due to planned RMT strike action. Transport for London (TfL) is urging customers whose journeys rely on the Tube to work from home if they can, consider alternative modes of transport and leave extra time for essential journeys.

While customers should prepare for no service throughout the day on Thursday, if any service is provided it will not continue into the evening and all journeys will need to be completed by 18:30. The planned action is also likely to severely impact services on Friday 4 March, with no service until at least 08:00 and a severely disrupted service after this. Customers are advised to avoid travelling in the early morning on Friday, check before they travel and aim to make journeys from mid-morning.

This action is part of a dispute over pensions, jobs and conditions but comes despite the fact no proposals have been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has lost or will lose their jobs because of the proposals TfL has set out. TfL has met the RMT three times in the last two weeks, but no progress was made on avoiding the strike action.

Last week, weekday ridership on the Tube hit two-thirds of pre-pandemic levels for the first time, with ridership on Saturday at 85 per cent of pre-pandemic levels and rising as high as 90 per cent at certain times. This week’s strike action will hamper the encouraging progress made to restore ridership, which is vital for TfL’s finances and the city’s recovery from the pandemic.

TfL will do all it can to provide as many transport options as possible during the strike action, just as it did earlier this week, with enhanced bus services running where possible and additional staffed Santander Cycles hubs to guarantee customers can hire and dock bikes. More customers used Santander Cycles on Tuesday than on any other day this year, and the service remains available for those who wish to use active travel to complete their journeys.

Other TfL services, including buses, DLR, Trams, London Overground and TfL Rail are not affected by the strike action and will be running, but customers are advised to check before they travel, expect busier than normal services and for some stations served by London Overground to open later than normal.

TfL expects London’s roads to be congested. Customers in central London are advised to walk, cycle or use a rental e-scooter for all or part of their journeys where possible if the planned action goes ahead.

Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

‘I would ask anyone who needs to use the Tube on Thursday 3 March to check before they make their journey, consider whether they are able to work from home and use alternative modes of transport where possible. It’s highly unlikely there will be an Underground service running during the strike action and, if any service is provided, it will not continue into the evening. Services will also be severely impacted until mid-morning on Friday 4 March because of a number of factors including the placement of drivers and trains following a day without service. I apologise to customers for this and understand they will be frustrated by this strike action, but urge them not to take it out on those who are trying to help.

‘We haven’t proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has lost or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out, so this action is completely unnecessary. We know our customers deserve better than this continued disruption and that is why we’re urging the RMT to talk to us so we can find a resolution to this dispute which has already damaged London’s recovery from the pandemic.’

Further information is available ahead of, and during, the strike at as well as on the TfL Go app and Journey Planner.

TfL strongly encourages customers to wear face coverings on its services to drive down transmission of the virus and keep each other as safe as possible.

The strike action has been called despite assurances from TfL that nobody will lose their jobs because of proposals, and fewer than 50 per cent of RMT members voting in favour of industrial action. The RMT is being encouraged to work with TfL rather than disrupting London’s recovery in response to no job losses and no proposals on pensions or terms and conditions.

As part of previous funding agreements, the Government has required TfL to work towards achieving financial sustainability by April 2023. This means TfL must speed up its pre-pandemic savings programme. As part of this, TfL has been engaging with its trade unions and staff to seek their views on how it can make LU more efficient and financially sustainable, while continuing to deliver the highest standards of safety, reliability and customer service. TfL has committed to its staff and trade unions that the safety of staff and customers will always remain paramount, and the changes will protect as many jobs as possible for the people who work for TfL today, allowing more flexibility to adapt to changing customer requirements.

TfL is completely committed to its renowned customer service offer, with stations staffed at all times while trains are operating, but must bring staffing levels in line with customer need while protecting as many jobs as possible. This will be done by not recruiting into certain currently unfilled posts, or those that become vacant as people leave the organisation. London Underground will remain well-staffed, with more than 4,500 station staff available across the network to assist customers and keep them safe, supplemented by enforcement teams and police colleagues.
There are no plans for changes on pensions. Sir Brendan Barber, with the support of pensions expert Joanne Segars, is leading and facilitating an independent review of TfL’s pension arrangements, which is a condition of the 1 June Government funding agreement. Sir Brendan is committed to fully involving stakeholders throughout the review process, including all TfL’s recognised trade unions, gathering their input and regularly sharing observations and relevant information. This is simply a review and there are no plans for change. The review remains ongoing and no recommendations have yet been made.

Leave a Reply