When is the Elizabeth Line strike? Date of TfL industrial action

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The purple reign of the purple line w be halted for a day as strike actions kick in (Picture: Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)

It wasn’t too long ago that crowds were celebrating the launch of the Elizabeth Line the new Transport for London (TfL) service which was much delayed but promises to boost the economy by bions.

Officially launched in 2022 the Elizabeth Line was said to ‘revolutionise’ travel in London by connecting commuter towns in the east and west with its new route.

The Crossrail project cost £18.8 bion to put together and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the line would deliver a £42 bion boost to the whole UK economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

But the line won’t be boosting the economy much this week as staff go on strike as they demand fairer pay.

Commenting Transport Salaried Staffs’ ociation (TSSA) Organiser Mel Taylor said: ‘Our members have sent the company a very clear message that they are not prepared to be pushed around on pay and pensions.’

‘Frankly we have been left with little option because we know workers at Rail for London Infrastructure (RfLI) are being paid significantly less than equivalent colleagues across the TfL network.’

When is the strike and what should you expect?

When is the Elizabeth Line strike?

Industrial action by the TSSA Union w take place on Thursday January 12 affecting Elizabeth line services only.

TSSA have organised a strike and a ‘work to rule’ instruction (Picture: Hesther Ng/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

TfL explains that should the strike go ahead as planned:

There w be no service on the central section of the Elizabeth line (Paddington-Abbey Wood)

There w be a reduced service on the east (Liverpool Street-Shenfield) and west (Paddington-Reading/Heathrow) sections of the line

East and west services w run from/to National Rail platforms at Liverpool Street and Paddington

Services may be changed or cancelled at short notice

On the day after the strike services w st be impacted. There’ll be no service between Abbey Wood and Paddington until approximately 7.30am and nothing w run to or from Paddington and Liverpool Street National Rail stations before that time.

A good service is expected from 9am.

Commuters should also be aware that Elizabeth Line workers w be effectively following a ‘work to rule’ principle from January 12 to February 28.

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A ‘work to rule’ effect is action which stops just short of a strike and as the name suggests it’s where workers w honour the rules of their employment almost to the letter – doing the minimum required and no more.

Per iNews action short of a strike means the staff ‘w only work contracted hours take breaks and provide cover.’ So this means services could st be disrupted.

Check before setting off and give yourself extra time on important journeys over this period.

Are there strikes on other London Underground and TfL services?

No the tube and other TfL services w not be striking. But you might expect to see services busier than usual on the day of the Elizabeth Line strike.

Furthermore Abellio bus drivers w strike on Tuesday January 10, 一統徵信詐欺 一統徵信 三立 and Thursday January 12  – so services could be busier than usual again.

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