Travel update: 48-hour London Underground strike

9 Jun 2009 by Mark Caswell

The two-day London Underground strike is due to take effect from 7pm this evening, and will affect travel to London’s airports.

Should last-minute talks fail to avert the strike, travel to Heathrow will be most affected, as the Piccadilly line will be shut during the strike. Heathrow Express and Heathrow Connect services will continue to run from Paddington during the strike period, and the privately-owned bus service Dot2Dot also offers transfers to Heathrow from any address in central London or Canary Wharf.

London City airport will continue to be served by the DLR during the strike, as the service is operated by Serco Dockland rather than London Underground, so those able to reach stations such as Bank, Tower Hill, Stratford and Canary Wharf will be unaffected. Note though that passengers will be unable to connect to or from Canning Town onto the Jubilee line.

Luton, Stansted and Gatwick airports use train lines rather than the tube as their main public transport links, so the strikes will not directly affect these facilities, although travel to the main line terminals for connections on to the Gatwick Express (at London Victoria) and Stansted Express (at Liverpool St) may take far longer than normal. For more information on the strike, and alternative travel arrangements around London over the next 48 hours, visit

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