Tube customers are advised that the RMT’s planned strike action could cause severe disruption on Central and Victoria line Night Tube services this weekend. The planned action will disrupt Night Tube services throughout December, with a 24-hour strike also planned for Saturday 18 December on five lines (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria).
Victoria and Central lines could be severely disrupted from 19:00 onwards on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December, with the potential of little or no service from this time overnight on 3-5 December, 10-12 December and 17-19 December. Customers are advised to check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required.
- The RMT is proposing to take six further nights of action on the Central and Victoria lines over changes to rosters.
- Roster changes, agreed with the other recognised union in May 2021, have boosted Tube resilience, provided drivers with increased flexibility and TfL has guaranteed no job losses.
- Talks between TfL and RMT are ongoing to try and avoid this industrial action.
- Customers should check before they travel and consider using buses. Further information is available on the TFL website and on the TFL Go app.
This weekend’s planned strike action is part of a further four nights and one full day of disruption ahead of Christmas, which will impact Londoners and the city’s recovery at a crucial time. The RMT has taken this action over new rosters, which have been agreed by the other recognised union and were introduced for Tube drivers in August. This strike action has been called despite the new rosters including assurances that there will be no job cuts, providing certainty and the option of permanent work for those on part-time contracts and only scheduling four night shift weekends per year – shifts which can be swapped with colleagues for duties at other times of day if that works better for them. Talks between TfL and RMT are ongoing as TfL seeks to try and avoid these actions.
The impact of the strike action depends on the number of drivers booking on each weekend, so customers are advised to check before they travel on Night Tube services for the most up to date information.
Staff will be available to offer assistance to customers, with plain clothes and uniformed British Transport officers also on hand to ensure staff and customer safety.
TfL announced recently that night services on London Overground will be restored on Friday and Saturday nights between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate from 17 December 2021. No strike action is planned to disrupt Night Overground’s return.
Night Tube services on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines will return to service as soon as possible. TfL is working hard to resolve resourcing issues on these lines and there are other considerations such as the upcoming closure of the Bank branch of the Northern line to allow completion of the upgrade at Bank Tube station.
In line with new Government regulations on the wearing of face coverings on public transport from Tuesday 30 November, all customers travelling on the TfL transport network must wear face coverings for the duration of their journeys or risk being fined, unless they are exempt. TfL’s 500 uniformed enforcement officers and the police will be out across the transport network ensuring that customers comply with the Government regulation. Anybody who does not comply may be refused entry, directed to leave the network or face a fine.
RMT’s Planned Strike Dates
- 20:30 3 December – 04:29 4 December (Central & Victoria)
- 20:30 4 December – 04:29 5 December (Central & Victoria)
- 20:30 10 December – 04:29 11 December (Central & Victoria)
- 20:30 11 December – 04:29 12 December (Central & Victoria)
- 20:30 17 December – 04:29 18 December (Central & Victoria)
- 04:30 18 December – 04:29 19 December (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly & Victoria)