TfL strikes hit Underground and Overground in Hertfordshire

Published:
2:27 PM August 19, 2022



The strike is impacting Transport for London services in South Hertfordshire.

About 1,100 members of the Unite union are on strike today (Friday 19 August) in a row over wages and pensions.

London Underground and London Overground trains are disrupted, as well as bus lines operated by London United.

Sharon Graham, Unite General Secretary, said: “Our members have worked through the pandemic, putting themselves and their families at risk to keep London running.

“Now they are being told they have to pay for Covid with pay and pension cuts and threats to their jobs.

“These attacks on their livelihoods must be taken off the table and an appropriate pay rise must be offered or the strikes will escalate.”


Commuters wait for a bus near Liverpool Street station during the Unite union strike today (August 19)
– Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

A Unite spokesperson said staff had not received a pay rise in 2021 and a 3% pay rise had been offered for 2022.

UK inflation hit 10.1% in July, the highest in four decades, well above the 3% bid.

They also claimed that the UK government was demanding that Transport for London “reduce” workers’ pensions and completely end its final salary pension scheme.


London Overground trains between Cheshunt in Hertfordshire and London Liverpool Street were canceled today (August 19)

London Overground trains between Cheshunt in Hertfordshire and London Liverpool Street were canceled today (August 19)
– Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

London Mayor Sadiq Khan reacted to the strike: “I am extremely frustrated with today’s strike on the London Underground.

“This will have a serious impact on London’s businesses and commuters, at a time when we strive to bring more passengers back to the network and drive the capital’s economic recovery.

“TfL has done everything it can to prevent this disruption from continuing and I have urged the unions to reverse this action and work with TfL to pressure the government for a long-term funding deal that is fair to Londoners and our heroic transport workers.

“I encourage Londoners to listen to the latest travel advice from TfL and to avoid traveling on the Tube, and only travel if essential on the rest of the network.”

A spokesman for the government’s Department of Transport said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who is also MP for Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire, had previously spoken about the TfL funding deals.

In June 2022, Mr Shapps said: ‘The government has provided TfL with almost £5 billion in funding, but by repeatedly playing politics instead of fulfilling their end of the bargain, Sadiq Khan is preventing the conclusion of a long-term agreement.”


Passengers queue to board a bus bound for Golders Green in London amid a strike by TfL workers today (Friday August 19)

Passengers queue to board a bus bound for Golders Green in London amid a strike by TfL workers today (Friday August 19)
– Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA

At 2.15pm disruption was reported on all London Underground lines.

Transport for London service updates are online: https://tfl.gov.uk/tube-dlr-overground/status/

Bakerloo line – Entire line suspended (Harrow and Wealdstone to Elephant and Castle).

center line – Partly suspended between Liverpool Street and White City (via central London) and between Hainault and Woodford (via Chigwell in Essex). Limited service on the rest of the line.

circle line – Entire line suspended (Hammersmith to Edgware Road, via Paddington, Euston Square, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, Tower Hill and Victoria).

neighborhood line – Partly suspended. Trains only between West Ham and Upminster.

Hammersmith and City line – Entire line suspended (Hammersmith to Barking).

Jubilee line – Entire line suspended (Stanmore to Stratford).

Metropolitan line – Entire line suspended on all routes, with no trains at Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Moor Park, Croxley or Watford in Hertfordshire.

North line – Partly suspended. Trains between Edgware and Golders Green and between High Barnet or Mill Hill East and East Finchley only.

Piccadilly Line – Entire line suspended (Cockfosters to Heathrow or Uxbridge airport).

Victoria line – Entire line suspended (Walthamstow Central to Brixton).

Waterloo and City line – Entire line suspended (Bank in Waterloo).

London Overground (Gospel Oak to Barking) – No strike interruption.

London Overground (Lea Valley) – The whole line is suspended, with no trains between London Liverpool Street and Chingford, Enfield Town and Cheshunt in Hertfordshire.

London Overground (North, East and South London lines) – No strike interruption.

London Overground (Romford to Upminster) – No strike interruption.

London Overground (Watford) – No strike interruption.

No strike takes place on the Elisabeth line Where DLR.

A separate strike by RMT members disrupted National Rail lines across the country yesterday (Thursday August 18).

RMT members working for Network Rail and 14 rail operating companies are due to step down again tomorrow (Saturday 20 August).

Bonny J. Streater