As mentioned in my December news message, Southern Rail has advised that planned industrial action will result in further significant disruption to its train services in January. Southern and Gatwick Express services will be affected on a number of dates:
- Tuesday 10th, Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th January
- Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th January
Please refer to the Southern Rail website for specific information regarding these planned strikes.
Furthermore, the RMT trade union and Transport Salaried Staff’s Association have voted in favour of industrial action in relation to a dispute around ticket office closures and the need for more staff. Discussions are due to continue on Friday 6th January and throughout the weekend however, TfL have warned that if agreement is not reached industrial action will go ahead as planned. This will result in 24-hour strike action taking place from Sunday 8th January from 1800 with the majority of central London Tube stations being closed during this time. Services across the network will be severely disrupted particularly stations in Zone 1 which may not be open at all. Commuting into UCL central buildings will be particularly affected.
In the event this industrial action goes ahead, UCL will make every attempt to keep activities running, with staff asked to try to come in to work if possible. If your commute is affected by this disruption and you are unable to get to work, you should advise your line manager as early as possible. Consideration should be given to working flexibly, including working from home where possible, to minimise work disruption if possible. Managers are asked to consider sympathetically alternatives such as working from home or earlier or later arrival and departure times. Where such alternatives are not feasible, staff who will not be able to get to work should arrange to take a day’s annual leave or flexi-time..
Normal service by TfL is expected to resume on the morning of Tuesday 10th January.
For further updates on potential action please go to the TfL website https://tfl.gov.uk/campaign/tube-strike?cid=tube-strike