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Potential London Underground disruption at Heathrow on Friday

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Another day, another rail strike …..

On Friday 25th November, some London Underground station staff are planning strike action.

For reasons which are unclear, this only impacts a handful of stations – all of them, except for Victoria and Euston, on the Piccadilly line.

The full list of impacted stations is:

  • Euston
  • Green Park
  • Heathrow Terminals 2 and 3
  • Heathrow Terminal 4
  • Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Hatton Cross
  • Hounslow West
  • King’s Cross St Pancras
  • Victoria

These stations will not be fully closed on Friday. The official word from Transport for London is that the stations listed above “may open later and close earlier or at short notice due to strike action”.

If you were planning to take the Piccadilly line to Heathrow on Friday, it is possible that you will have to get off at Hounslow Central and make your own way to the terminals, presumably by bus.

You can find the latest information on the TfL strikes page (yes, there is now a permanent page listing all upcoming strikes) here.

Comments (28)

  • Alan says:

    Bear in mind there is a bus strike in West London on Friday, so not sure how you’ll get from Hounslow Central to Heathrow.

  • Sin says:

    This is one of the stations where staff cuts are being introduced

  • Matt says:

    Interestingly I’ve never managed to catch a Piccadilly line train from Euston either!

  • Nigerian Prince says:

    No ballot and in short notice?

    • Paul says:

      Last ballot was June, currently re-balloting. This strike announce 11th November

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Given the legal penalties that apply to unions if they fail to comply with the law they gave the employer the requisite 14 days notice after carrying out the ballot.

  • haasha says:

    The same TfL strikes page has been used for ages. It’s actually very convenient – I’ve bookmarked it years ago and can easily check if anything is going on when needed.

    • AJA says:

      I’ve done the same. I find it very useful. I look forward to the day when it has nothing to report – I may be waiting some time.

  • Scumdisgustme says:

    It’s interesting why they haven’t full automated the trains. Swear those so called train drivers are paid to press 2 buttons if not 1

    • Paul says:

      Because it’s not drivers going on strike for a start

    • George K says:

      How about we automate your job first? Then the train drivers, who aren’t even striking.

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Because it would cost billions and there would be years of disruption whilst the necessary tech it is installed across the existing tube network to facilitate it.

      The previous Mayor banged on about driverless trains but did nothing to implement them whilst he was in office because of the cost. Slogans are cheap but implementation definitely isn’t.

    • Aston100 says:

      To be fair, they also have to make the difficult decision about which side of the train the doors need to open.

      • TRT says:

        No they don’t. Tube trains have a system which should prevent doors being opened on the wrong side (selective side opening) and doors opening when the train is not berthed correctly or when end doors should not be opened due to short platforms. However drivers do have to elect to close the doors when safe to do so and to take power again when safe to do so. The driver is also there to make sure that when the automated systems don’t work (as happens surprisingly often) then the service can still run. Besides this strike is on stations, not trains.

    • KevinS says:

      Are you volunteering to pay for automating the trains? Or do you think it would be free?

    • Robert says:

      1. It’s not the drivers striking here
      2. TfL has done the Sums. The cost to upgrade to a fully automated system is much higher than paying skilled drivers to man the trains
      3. In any case, would you want to be on a train in a deep tunnel that is totally unmanned, no room for a skilled human to deal with a situation if the train hits a situation it can’t decide how to respond to, or you need to be evacuated? And if not totally unmanned, there really isn’t much of a saving form downgrading the driver role, if you still need someone with those skills. I know we have DLR self-driving, but that’s on an entirely new-build system, mostly not in tunnels, with full evacuation paths, and every train is still staffed

      • Dubious says:

        1. Driverless trains already operate in deep underground tunnels in other parts of the world without a problem,
        – and I am comfortable using them.

        2. Rather than upgrade, why not make the new lines automated. For example did they consider automation in the new Elizabeth line?

    • martin says:

      the short answer is that it’s (a) complicated and (b) insanely expensive. Here’s the longer answer: https://www.londonreconnections.com/2021/the-political-myth-of-the-driverless-tube-train/

      (also there’s a lot more than just pressing buttons involved.)

    • Northernline says:

      Odd comment that I assume is wholly satirical, considering the strike this article is about does not include drivers, and as others have pointed out, the cost would outweigh the benefits for at least 40 years.

  • Numpty says:

    Elizabeth line and HEX still running though. On Friday night i need to get from T5 to T2, simple enough you’d think!

    • john says:

      If you are arriving in to T5 then it might be worth doing airside?

      • Numpty says:

        It was just to stay the night at the Hilton Garden Inn T2,then back to T5 in morning for next flight. Turns out Heathrow Express is on strike on the Saturday! I had changed my mind a few times between the Hilton T2 and Sofitel (cost v convenience), but taking a few factors into account have opted for Sofitel.

  • Paul says:

    Stations around Heathrow, Hounslow West and Terminal 4 likely to be closed all day, potentially T5 too. T2&3 should be open 0700-2300 atleast. Hatton Cross less predictable

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