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TFL TUBE STRIKE: Taxi demand rockets as thousands battle to book cabs ahead of London walkout



It’s CODE RED for London taxi drivers as demand surges ahead of today's London tube strike.


On the eve of the latest industrial action, thousands of pre-booked taxi journeys were listed throughout the 24 hour walk out.

The capital has around 15,000 black taxis available to the public at any one time. The industry will be hoping to serve many of those affected by today’s tube strike.


Congestion on London’s roads is also expected to rise due to more commuters turning to their cars whilst tube services are affected.


TfL reminded customers to check before they travel ahead of today's planned strike action by the RMT and Unite Unions.

Disruption from the strikes will continue to affect customers into the morning of Friday 11 November, with affected services expected to return to a normal service by mid-morning.


The Elizabeth line will operate throughout the day, with through-running now available for customers to travel directly into central London from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield.


Glynn Barton, TfL's Chief Operating Officer, said: "I would like to apologise to our customers for any disruption caused by Thursday's industrial action. We met with the RMT and Unite this week to urge them to call off this Tube strike as no proposals to change pensions or conditions have been made. Unfortunately, no agreement could be reached but we remain open for discussions as there is still time for the unions to call off this action.


"Customers should check before they travel on Thursday and we are advising them to expect very limited or no service on the Tube. London Overground, the Elizabeth line and DLR services may be subject to last minute changes, including non-stopping at some stations shared with London Underground. London Trams will also be running a reduced timetable."


What is affected and when?


Thursday 10 November


Strikes are taking place that will impact London Underground services. TfL is advising customers to avoid travelling on the Tube as limited or no service is expected. London Overground and DLR services will operate, however they may be subject to last minute changes, including non-stopping at some stations shared with London Underground.


London Trams will be running a reduced timetable. All other services on the TfL network, including the Elizabeth line and buses, are expected to run but may be extremely busy. Customers should check before they travel.   


Friday 11 November


Disruption from the previous day's strikes will continue to affect customers into the morning of Friday 11 November, with affected services expected to return to a normal service by mid-morning. Customers are encouraged to check before they travel.

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