Advice to passengers for travel in London on Thursday morning

London Underground and TfL services during RMT strike action – update at 0820

11 June 2009. Services are running on more than half of all London Underground lines this morning, including a full service on the Northern and Jubilee lines. Service levels are better than those achieved on Wednesday morning, and London Underground aims to build on these services as the day progresses.

Richard Parry, Interim Managing Director of London Underground, said: “I want to join Londoners in thanking our hard-working Tube and transport staff who came to work yesterday and kept London moving, and got many thousands of football fans to and from last night’s England match at Wembley.

“We’re running services on more than half of our lines this morning, and services are better than this time yesterday. I hope that we will be able to add to that throughout the day. Those travelling in London should continue to check before they travel, and we will keep doing everything possible to get you to where you need to be.”

Services update as at 0820:
Tube – The RMT leadership have called a strike from 1859hrs on Tuesday 9 June to 1858hrs Thursday 11 June, with normal services resuming on the morning of Friday 12 June. However, services are currently operating on more than half of Underground lines. These are:

– Northern line – minor delays
– Jubilee line – minor delays
– Victoria line – shuttle service between Victoria and Seven Sisters
– District line – shuttle service between Wimbledon and Mansion House and between Ealing and High Street Kensington
– Metropolitan line – services between Baker Street and Amersham
– Piccadilly line – shuttle service between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters; shuttle service between Northfields and Hammersmith stopping only at Turnham Green
– Central line – shuttle services between Liverpool Street and Epping and between Liverpool Street and Hainault
– Bakerloo line – shuttle service between Elephant & Castle and Queen’s Park
– Hammersmith & City line – shuttle service between Baker Street and Hammersmith expected to begin mid-morning

Buses – The bus network is currently performing very well, with delays of around 15 minutes due to heavy traffic and the number of passengers using bus services. We have around 100 extra buses out on the network, which has around 700 routes. Staff are helping passengers outside rail termini and interchanges. We are advising passengers to leave extra time to complete their journeys.

National Rail – Oyster Pay As You Go will be accepted on all National Rail journeys within Greater London on Wednesday and Thursday, just show your Oyster card at station gate lines.

Taxis – during the morning peak hours of 0800-1030 tomorrow, taxi drivers will be operating a marshalled, fixed-fare shared taxi service for central London destinations at six major London rail termini – Waterloo, Liverpool St, London Bridge, Marylebone, Paddington and Euston.

DLR, London Overground and Tramlink– services are operating as normal.
Roads and the Congestion Charge – to help keep traffic flowing the Congestion Charge will remain in operation tomorrow and TfL will be suspending road works on major London roads wherever possible. Where possible, Londoners and commuters are encouraged to consider alternatives to the car.

Cycling – additional options for cyclists today will include temporary parking facilities and thousands of cycle maps will be distributed across London.

Cycle Parking – In addition to the major cycle park at Finsbury Park and existing racks at major London stations across the city, another 1000 cycle parking spaces will be provided at London Bridge cycle park and temporary cycle parking facilities at the locations and times below. Many London businesses will also be opening up their foyers and parking facilities for their staff.

• Trafalgar Square: 150 spaces (0600-2100 on Thurs)
• Potters Field, accessed via Weavers Lane: 100 spaces (open access from Tuesday evening, with racks removed at 2100 on Thurs)
• Waterloo Bus Garage, accessed only via Cornwall Road off The Cut, approach via Sandell Street: 150 spaces (0800-1730 on Thurs – closing strictly at 1730)
• London Bridge Cycle Park: 350 spaces
• The Mall, between Marlborough Road and George IV statue/ Queen Mother memorial – 250 spaces (open access from Tuesday evening, with racks removed at 2100 on Thurs)

Walking – if you are considering making or completing your journeys by foot, check for information or, in central London on strike days, pick up a free local vicinity walking map from staff at major rail stations, bus stations and key tube stations.

River – existing services will be boosted tomorrow from a capacity of 1,500 to 8,000 an hour and including an additional free shuttle service from London Bridge to Tower Bridge:
• Thames Clippers – As well as the normal commuter services (between Embankment and Woolwich) Thames Clippers will be providing additional shuttle services between London Bridge and Canary Wharf and between Greenland Pier (Rope St Deptford) and Canary Wharf during the peak morning commute. As usual travel card holders will receive 1/3 off the ticket price.
• City Cruises – will be operating a free peak shuttle every 10 minutes between 0700-1000 and 1500-2000 on both main strike days between Westminster – London Eye -Tower Bridge.


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