Commuters in Harrow and across London will see severe disruption to tube services as thousands of workers are set to go on strike tomorrow (01 March).
Tube customers have been advised that the RMT’s planned strike action will cause severe disruption across the London Underground network all day tomorrow and Thursday (3 March).
Transport for London (TfL) expects severe disruption across all Tube lines, with the possibility of no services on the London Underground.
This tube strike comes as part of a dispute over pensions, jobs and conditions – despite the fact no proposals have been tabled on pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals TfL has set out.
TfL have said they will do all they can to provide as many transport options as possible, but customers are advised to check before they travel, consider if their travel is essential and work from home if possible. They should leave more time for journeys and travel at quieter times where possible.
Other TfL and National Rail services are not included in the RMT’s strike action – however, services are expected to be much busier than usual and customers may need to queue before boarding. 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.
TfL also 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.
Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “It is extremely disappointing that the RMT is planning to go ahead with this action. We haven’t proposed any changes to pensions or terms and conditions, and nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals we have set out.
“I hope the RMT will get around the table with us, continue talks and call off this disruptive action, which will cause huge frustration for our customers and further financial damage to TfL and London’s economy when we should be working together to rebuild following the pandemic.
“If the RMT does go ahead with this action, then anyone who needs to travel on 1 and 3 March should check before they make their journey, consider whether they are able to work from home and use alternative modes of transport where possible.
“I understand the frustration this proposed strike action will inevitably cause, and can assure customers that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impacts. Making journeys will be more difficult if the RMT’s strike goes ahead, so I urge any customers to please be considerate towards each other and TfL staff.”