How to get around London during this week’s train strikes

Well, here we are again. Another month, another round of rail strikes. Industrial action has been taking place on trains in London and across the UK for almost two years, so we should now all be well versed in finding alternative modes of transport. 

This month, ASLEF train drivers will be walking out for three days. If you need a reminder of how to get around the city while the strike is taking place, we’ve got you. Here’s everything you need to know. 

When are the May 2024 train strikes?

After several days of strike action in April, drivers across 16 train operators are striking from Tuesday, May 7 to Thursday May 9. There will also be an overtime ban in place from Monday, May 6 to Saturday, May 11

How to travel around London during the train strikes

The London Underground, Overground, DLR and Elizabeth lines will be running as normal all month. That includes during the rail strike. 

Bus strikes in southwest London were supposed to be happening from May 8 to May 10 then again from May 13 to 17. Those have now been called off, so you can expect buses to also be running as usual. 

The train lines that will be affected are: 

  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • Great Western Railway
  • LNER
  • TransPennine Express
  • C2C
  • Greater Anglia
  • GTR (Gatwick Express, Great Northern, Southern, Thameslink)
  • Southeastern
  • South Western Railway
  • Chiltern Railways
  • Northern Trains
  • West Midlands Railway

You can find a full breakdown of which operators will be affected on which days here

What about the tube strikes?

No tube strikes this month! Action scheduled on the London Underground for May has been called off. 

London train and tube strikes May 2024: everything you need to know.

Plus: When is the next train strike? Dates and affected lines in May 2024.

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