Railway and Tube workers’ strike action in September/October 2023

two trains at a train station in the UK
two trains at a train station in the UK
Industrial action carried out by Tube and train workers may affect your journey into campus on various dates in late September and early October.

Industrial action on the Tube network

Strike action has been announced for Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 October. If this goes ahead there is likely to be severe disruption across the whole Tube network, and services on the following mornings (Thursday 5 and Saturday 7) are also likely to be affected.

Please see the Transport for London website for more information about industrial action on the Tube network.

Industrial action on the National Rail network

Industrial action will also affect many National Rail services on  Saturday 30 September and Wednesday 4 October.

In addition, some unions have also announced an overtime ban across the UK rail network on Friday 29 September and from Monday 2 to Friday 6 October.

Please see the National Rail website for more information about industrial action on the National Rail network.

If you travel to campus by Tube or train, please check with the rail operator and allow extra time to get to your destination. You can visit  Transport for London ,  National Rail  or the  Citymapper app , to plan alternative types of transport such as bicycle and scooter hire, walking, buses etc. Please keep following the news, the Transport for London website  and the   to find out if your journey is likely to be affected.

Advice for students

It is possible that some of your teaching has to be rescheduled or moved online if our staff are unable to travel, or have to prioritise childcare responsibilities. 

UCL will make every attempt to keep activities running for students, with student-facing staff asked to come in to work where possible. If you are coming into campus please allow extra time to get to your destination and use the websites detailed above to plan your transport. 

Keep a close eye on your UCL emails and look out for Moodle page announcements.

Advice for staff

If you are unable to get to work using alternative transport, you should let your line manager know as soon as possible.

If transport strikes affect your ability to come into campus, you are welcome to work from home on the affected days, if your job lends itself to home working.

Staff unable to work from home can agree flexible solutions with managers such as using TOIL or making up lost time where possible. If alternative arrangements cannot be found, staff should arrange to take annual leave or unpaid leave, in line with our  Special Leave Policy  on travel and weather disruption.
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