Possible strike action by TfL engineers impacting tube services

Transport for London have sent the following information …

Good afternoon

I’m writing to let you know that Unite the Union members who maintain our trams and tram infrastructure are currently planning to strike from Sunday 30 June until Monday 8 July and Thursday 11 July until Monday 15 July, impacting London Trams services. Additionally, Planned engineering work on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July will mean no London Trams services will operate east of East Croydon on those days.

If the strike action goes ahead, there will be a reduced and disrupted service expected on the whole of the London Trams network for some of these day and customers will be encouraged to check before they travel. Customers are also advised to complete journeys by 18:00 on affected days and consider walking and cycling for local journeys where possible. London Buses and London Overground in the area are scheduled to operate as normal but could be busier than normal . Spectators travelling to The Championships 2024 at Wimbledon between Monday 1 July and Sunday 14 July should check before they travel. All customers will be advised to visit tfl.gov.uk/strikes for the latest information.   

We are continuing to urge Unite the Union to work with us to find a resolution and call these strikes off. 

We will run a wide-ranging communications campaign to ensure customers are aware the strike action is taking place and to help minimise any inconvenience wherever possible.  This includes signposting customers to the latest travel information via tfl.gov.uk/strikes or the TfL Go app.  TfL staff and Travel Ambassadors will be deployed on the busiest parts of the London Trams network to assist customers with their onward journeys.  These locations include Addington Village, Beckenham Junction, East Croydon, Elmers End, West Croydon and Wimbledon.   

Additionally, on Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July, there is a planned closure of the London Trams network for essential maintenance. No trams will run from East Croydon to New Addington, Elmers End and Beckenham Junction but rail replacement bus services and enhanced local bus services will be available.  This essential maintenance work includes packing ballast under a new section of track near Sandilands tram stop, which will mean smoother journeys for customers and help extend the life of the track.

Day-by-day travel advice is set out below and the latest information will be available on tfl.gov.uk/strikes.

Sunday 30 June   

  • Customers should complete their journeys by 20:00 as services may need to finish earlier than normal.
  • All other services on the TfL network will operate a normal service  
  • Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey 

Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July

  • No service expected before 07:00 or after 18:00 on the whole of the London Trams network 
  • A reduced service will operate from 07:00 until 18:00 between: 

o   Wimbledon and Reeves Corner 

o   East Croydon and Beckenham Junction/New Addington 

  • No service will operate through the town centre or from East Croydon to Elmers End 
  • Next tram information displayed at tram stops will offer limited information 
  • Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey 

Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July 

  • Planned track closure for maintenance between East Croydon to Beckenham Junction, Elmers End and New Addington
  • No service expected before 07:00 or after 18:00 on the whole of the London Trams network 
  • A reduced service will operate from 07:00 until 18:00 between: 

o   Wimbledon and Reeves Corner 

  • Next tram information displayed at tram stops will offer limited information 
  • Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey 

Monday 8 July

  • Services are expected to start later than normal, with possible disruption throughout the day   
  • Next tram information displayed at tram stops will offer limited information  
  • Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey  

Tuesday 9 July, Wednesday 10 July and Thursday 11 July

  • A normal service is expected to operate but some service disruption is possible  
  • All other services on the TfL network will operate a normal service  

Friday 12 July to Sunday 14 July

  • No service expected before 07:00 or after 18:00 on the whole of the London Trams network 
  • A reduced service will operate from 07:00 until 18:00 between: 

o   Wimbledon and Reeves Corner 

o   East Croydon and Beckenham Junction/New Addington 

  • No service will operate through the town centre or from East Croydon to Elmers End 
  • Next tram information displayed at tram stops will offer limited information 
  • Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey 

Monday 15 July

  • Services are expected to start later than normal, with possible disruption throughout the day   
  • Next tram information displayed at tram stops will offer limited information  
  • Customers are advised to plan ahead, to consider alternative routes, to check before they travel, and to allow more time to complete their journey  

Thanks and please let me know any questions

Sarah Varnham (She / her)

Local Communities and Partnerships, South Team

11th floor blue zone, Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ