How to get to work in South London during the train strikes

South Londoners are being advised to work from home and only travel if absolutely necessary during the train strikes this week.

However, if you do need to head into the office you should expect severe delays on all Southern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink and Great Northern rail services, as well as on the Tube.

The nationwide strike, held by RMT members of Network Rail, will begin on Tuesday, June 21 and continue until Sunday, June 26.

Transport for London are also expecting a Tube strike on Tuesday affecting all lines.

If you do need to travel to work, there are some alternatives but be aware that these are likely to be extremely busy with queues to board.

Buses, the DLR and some other services will be running with likely crowds and possible delays.

Some DLR services from stations also served by the Tube may have to close.

Roads are also expected to be much busier than usual so make sure to allow more time for your journey.

If you can, it is strongly recommended that you walk or cycle to work during the strikes.

Southern Rail trains will be operating with limited opening hours starting from around 7.15am and will finish in the late afternoon.

There will be no alternative travel outside of these amended hours, so passengers are being told to check their first and last trains carefully.

The trains that are running will be offering a reduced service with only two trains per hour and will only be calling at certain stops so check carefully before travelling.

These trains include those running between the following stations:

  • London Victoria and Brighton London Bridge and Brighton
  • London Bridge and Gatwick Airport
  • London Bridge and Three Bridges
  • London Victoria and Sutton
  • London Victoria and Epsom Downs via Selhurst
  • London Victoria and West Croydon via Crystal Palace
  • London Bridge and Tattenham Corner

On Tuesday, June 21 Tube passengers are being warned not to travel and if you have to travel then complete your journey before 6pm.

On Wednesday, June 22 Tube passengers are being told to avoid travelling before mid-morning and expect severe delays.

Whilst you may not get paid by your employer if you can’t make it into work, the good news is you can claim ‘delay repay’ compensation from the train operator if your journey has been severely disrupted and delayed.

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