Saturday, 17 August 2013
London Overground strike on Sunday 25th August 2013 and Monday 26th August 2013
There could be disruption on the London Overground over the Bank Holiday weekend after London Overground train guards voted for strike action. RMT members who are train guards have been instructed not to work overtime or turn up for work shifts between 00:01 am on Sunday 25th August 2013 and 23:59 pm on Monday 26th August 2013. RMT general secretary Bob Crow commented: ""RMT have sent out a clear message in the nine to one vote for both strike action and action short of a strike on London Overground over the appalling, cash-driven assault on our guards members and the absolutely essential role that they play." The RMT also claim that the proposed removal of 130 train guards from London Overground services will make travel for disabled people on those lines impossible. The union also says it will be taking "the political fight" over the proposed job cuts into the House of Commons and City Hall and will be organising a series of public meetings and protests. Director of TfL London Overground Mike Stubbs told the Harrow Observer: "Strike action is a wholly unnecessary step that will cause disruption to passengers who rely on this service.[London Overground Rail Operations Limited]is committed to working to find a solution for those of its employees affected by this proposed change." There are already no guards on London Overground services from Euston to Watford Junction and on the East London line, MayorWatch reports. Advice to those traveling during the strike: Update:Tfl says Rail replacement buses will operate between Gunnersbury and Willesden Junction, calling at all stations, every 15 minutes from 08:30 until 23:30 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 until 23:30 on Monday 26 August. There will be no London Overground service on the two strike days between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction. Additional rail replacement buses will operate between Clapham Junction and Shepherd's Bush every 10 minutes from 07.30 to 23.30 on Sunday 25 August and from 06.00 to 23.30 on Monday 26 August. Rail replacement buses will operate between Shepherd's Bush and Willesden Junction every 15 minutes from 07:30 to 23:30 on Sunday 25 and from 06:00 to 23:30 on Monday 26 August. There will be no Overground service between Gospel Oak and Barking on Sunday 25 or Monday 26 August. Rail replacement buses will operate between Gospel Oak and South Tottenham, calling at all stations, every 15 minutes from 08:30 until 23:00 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 to 23:20 on Monday 26 August. Buses will operate between South Tottenham and Barking, calling at all stations, every 15 minutes from 08:30 until 23:00 on Sunday 25 August and from 06:00 to 23:20 on Monday 26 August. On Sunday 25 August, rail replacement bus services will also be in place on the Highbury & Islington to New Cross/Crystal Palace/West Croydon and Clapham Junction routes where there is planned engineering works. Buses will operate between Dalston Kingsland and Shadwell and Canada Water and Clapham Junction, calling at all stations, every 30 minutes from 07:00 until 23:30. More information here. It should be noted that this strike takes place during the Notting Hill Carnival, so trains around that area will be busier than usual. LOROL claims it will run a regular service during the strike on most of the London Overground, but it is worth knowing alternatives in case of disruption to the trains. The Bakerloo line serves stations between Harrow and Wealdstone and Queen's Park, and Euston is also served by the Northern and Victoria Lines. Watford Junction is served by National Rail trains from Euston. Most stations on the East London Line are also served by the Underground or National Rail, while Blackhorse Road on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line is served by the Victoria Line On the Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford line, many of the stations are served by the Underground including Highbury and Islington, Richmond, Stratford and Shepherd's Bush. Use the Tfl journey planner to plan your journey. Personally I think that getting rid of all train guards on London Overground stations is a mistake - what would be better is deploying the 130 guards across all of the London Overground network which would mean better cover for all lines and ensure that the guards are used to their fullest potential, thereby getting more value for money. An alternate way to save money would be reviewing the effectiveness of Tfl advertising campaigns and the salaries of those at the very top.