Tube Strike: How can I get around London this morning?

A widespread strike by Transport for London workers led to the closure of the city-wide tube network yesterday.

The outage is expected to continue until mid-morning today.

TfL advises customers to “avoid taking tube trips until mid-morning” as “the disruption is likely to continue”; no metro service will run before 8am.

“If you need to travel, expect a severe disruption. Allow more time for your journey,” says TfL.

But if you have essential travel, how can you get around London this morning?


Buses are operating normally. However, TfL warns that services and routes will be much busier than usual.

“Allow more time for your commute and consider walking or cycling if you can,” advises TfL.

London subway

A reduced service is operating on the London Overground from 7:30am, with around half of all services likely to be running.


DLR services operate normally but are likely to be busy; some stations also served by the metro may still be closed this morning.

elizabeth line

The Elizabeth Line will have reduced service.

London trams

A reduced tram service is running.

National rail services

National rail services will start at 7:30 a.m.


Coach services from London to airports, regional, national and international destinations are expected to be very busy this week. TfL advises travelers to:

  • Book early when possible
  • Check with your carrier for any changes.
  • Arrive at your departure point (including Victoria Coach Station) well in advance of your scheduled departure

Driving and taxis

Commuters can still complete their trips by car, although roads are expected to be busier than usual. ULEZ and the congestion charge will remain in effect for the week and will not be affected by industrial action.

walking and cycling

Much of London’s Zone 1 is walkable depending on where you need to get to; TfL has launched a walking tube map to help commuters better navigate and plan trips on foot.

Cycling is also a convenient option: according to TfL, “you are never more than 600 meters from a Santander Cycle rental point in central London.” Santander bikes cost £2 for unlimited 30-minute rides within a 24-hour period. Journeys longer than 30 minutes cost an additional £2 per journey.

electric scooters

There are trials of electric scooter rentals operating in the following London boroughs:

  • Camden
  • City of London
  • to eat
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lambeth (just north of the township)
  • Richmond on the Thames
  • southwark
  • Tower Hamlets (limited parking at Canary Wharf and some TfL stations)
  • westminster

Travelers can rent e-scooters from Dott, Lime and TIER through their mobile apps.

Uber boat by Thames Clippers

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers has services along the Thames every 20 minutes throughout the day from early morning to midnight.

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