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Taxi demand set to spike during rail workers' industrial action warns TfL

Updated: Jul 31, 2022

TfL has reminded customers to check before they travel as significant disruption on the London Overground network is expected today.

ASLEF strike action at seven train operators across the country will significantly disrupt some routes. This includes the London Overground network, where there will be no service due to strike action from members of the ASLEF union who work for Arriva Rail London.

According to TfL sources there will likely be an increased demand for taxi and private hire services as a result.

There will also be no Night Overground services on the evening of 30 July and the early hours of 31 July. Customers who use London Overground services should use alternative routes to complete their journeys. All other TfL services are expected to operate normally but are expected to be much busier than normal as customers seek alternative routes. Full information is available at

Services on London Overground are also expected to be disrupted on the morning of Sunday 31 July. A good service is expected on the London Overground by midday. If travelling before midday, customers are advised to plan ahead, check before they travel, and leave more time for their journey.

Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Planned strike action on the national rail network on Saturday will mean disruption for our customers. With no service expected on the entire London Overground network, I advise all customers to check before they travel and use alternative routes to complete their journeys.”

Additionally, there will be no Elizabeth line services between Paddington and Abbey Wood on Saturday 30 July and Sunday 31 July due to planned engineering works to undertake required software upgrades to trains and signalling. These software upgrades were planned months ago and will ensure the delivery of through-services from Reading, Heathrow, and Shenfield directly into central London later this year.


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