Tube strikes 2016: When are they and how to avoid the congestion during scheduled London Underground industrial action

Three days of action are planned in January and February

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Commuters in London are preparing for another round of disruption ahead of more Tube strikes over the next month.

There are three planned 24-strikes forecast for January, but unions are currently in negotiation with Transport for London in an effort to reach an agreement that would see the action called off. 

Transport for London will be meeting engineering union Aslef  and RMT - Union of Rail and Maritime Transport workers - to negotiate conditions. Both unions and transport bosses have reported that positive progress has been made. 

Strike action is planned due to pay disputes and the proposed extension of London Tube services throughout the night. 

When will it start

The two unions are currently planning slightly different start times for their scheduled action.

The three RMT 24-hour walkouts are due to start at 6.30pm on Tuesday 26 January, Monday 15 February and Wednesday 17 February. Aslef will start its three 24-strikes on the same dates, but each will begin two hours and 44 minutes later, at 9.14pm.

However, TfL warn that times for the action could change closer to the dates.

Officials are understood to be still calculating the impact of the strikes and hope to issue more detailed advice. 

Which lines will be affected?

All Tube lines will be affected.  A total of 11 lines and 260 stations will be closed.

How can I avoid it?

Tube users can plan their journeys around the strike by using other services such as the DLR or rail services, which will be operating normally. However, a spokesperson for TfL said: “The DLR and local rail services will continue as normal, but will be busier than usual."

Is the strike definitely going ahead?

No. Given the reportedly positive nature of talks so far, it is hoped the different parties reach an agreement that would see the strikes called off.

One of the other unions involved in the dispute, Unite, has suspended the planned strikes for further talks.

Hugh Roberts, Unite national officer, told the BBC that: "We will approach these talks in a constructive fashion and urge LU management to do the same."