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Trains, airplanes and the London Underground affected by strikes this week in the UK

In the UK, trains, airplanes and the London Underground will be affected by strikes this week which will leave many commuters, especially those in London or the south-east, facing a challenging week.

London Underground

Staff of the London Underground have planned a 24 hour walkout, with many tube stations being closed.

With more than 4 million tube journeys made each day, the London Tube is striking over continuing arguments over the impact of closing ticket offices and the 900 jobs to be cut under the Transport for London’s moderation plans which were implemented during the beginning of 2016.

The strike started at 6 pm Sunday evening after last-minute talks ended unsuccessfully and staff decided to go ahead with the strike. All Zone 1 stations have been closed, along with those on the Victoria, Waterloo and City Lines. TFL have put more buses on the roads however this will add to traffic and slow down journeys for all commuters.

British Airways at London Heathrow Airport

British Airways flights from London Heathrow will also be disrupted due to a strike among cabin crew tomorrow over what their union, Unite, describes as "poverty pay." The strike was originally scheduled to begin on Christmas Day.

Despite the strike, British Airways have stated that they will ensure all customers reach their destinations, with some flights from Heathrow being merged or passenger’s being put on different departures.

Southern Trains

In addition, London commuters face more chaos as Southern Train’s drivers will be on strike for 3 days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The strike is over a pay row as well as possible job cuts for conductors.

There will be essentially no trains operating on the Southern network. The company has advised that people should only endeavour to travel if it is absolutely essential.

If you have been affected by the strikes, please remember to contact you car rental agent such as Green Motion in the United Kingdom (London Heathrow Airport, London Gatwick Airport, London Stansted Airport, London Luton Airport, Birmingham International, East Midlands Airport, Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport, Edinburgh Airport, Glasgow Airport or George Best Belfast City Airport) or please contact Green Motion car hire directly at greenmotion.com or +44 (0) 2071864000.