Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Returning King’s Students Braced for Week of Transport Disruption

Closed Tube station

From Sunday 7 to Friday 12 January 2024, the Transport for London (TfL) network will be running a reduced service due to strike action.

From Monday 8 to Thursday 11 January, “little to no Tube service” is expected across London as Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) members strike. Tube travel will also be disrupted on the preceding Sunday night and following Friday morning. Buses and trams are expected to be running as usual, although the Tube cancellations will likely result in substantial overcrowding and extra traffic in places. TfL have asked that passengers only travel on essential journeys.

Elizabeth line, London Overground, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and national rail services are expected to continue running, but with reductions in service frequency. The Elizabeth Line will not be stopping at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel in the early morning and late at night during this period.

King’s College London (KCL) have stated that the transport disruption may result in some access campus points being closed, but suggested that there will be appropriate signage to alternative entrances. They also confirmed that there will be no change to Assessment Period 1, scheduled between Friday 5 January and Thursday 11 January, despite many in-person exams being held at the ExCeL Centre in east London. The current advice for students undertaking travelling into London at this time has been to plan an alternative route and to allow extra time for unforeseen circumstances. The university recommend taking the Elizabeth Line, DLR or buses to the ExCeL Centre. However, they have also suggested that ‘mitigating circumstances’ considerations may be appropriate in some cases, provided that students contact their department as soon as possible.

For King’s students returning to London via Heathrow airport, the Heathrow Express train to Paddington is not reporting expected disruption due to the strike, although service frequency will be reduced on Sunday 7 January due to unrelated planned engineering works. The Eurostar is not reporting disruption.

RMT general secretary, Mick Lynch, called on TfL and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to engage in conciliation talks, suggesting that a successful resolution would avert the strike action. Neither Mayor Khan nor TfL have yet publicly responded. Last year, Khan celebrated the low Tube strike frequency during his mayorship, although he is not directly responsible for negotiations between TfL and the RMT. TfL’s journey planner will be updated with any changes to the planned strike action.

RMT members voted in favour of strike action in December after receiving a “full and final” pay rise offer of 5% from TfL, something that the union called a “below inflation pay offer… [and a] continual undermining of conditions”. TfL have stated that this was as much as was affordable for the company. TfL have been bailed out by the government six times since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and are accordingly looking to cut £230 million of costs. Late last year, members of Aslef, another union representing TfL employees, voted to accept the deal, although unions TSSA and Unite did not.


Wisteria on a white wall with a window


Staff Writer Charlotte Galea takes a look at the new season of the famed Netflix show and concludes that giving up on historical accuracy...

Protesters in favour of Ali as KCLSU president on Strand campus Protesters in favour of Ali as KCLSU president on Strand campus

KCLSU & Societies

Advait Joshi, who received the second most votes in the King’s College London Student Union (KCLSU) March elections, has refused to assume the office...


Staff writer Douglas Gibb scrutinizes the First-Past-The-Post system and its impact on true representative democracy in the wake of the recent UK elections. On...


Sports Editor Sam Lord reviews the defining moments and controversies from Euro 2024 in Germany. As English and Spanish fans return home from the...

A photo that shows the council chamber in Glasgow. A photo that shows the council chamber in Glasgow.


Staff Writer Grace Holloway reflects on the past few years of Scottish politics, and using the recent general election in the UK, offers some...

KCLSU & Societies

Advait Joshi, who received the second most votes in the King’s College London Student Union (KCLSU) March elections, has refused to assume the office...


Writer Evelyn Shepphird reviews “Standing at the Sky’s Edge”. Standing at the Sky’s Edge sets Sheffield local Richard Hawley’s music against Sheffeild’s iconic Park...


Staff Writer Patrick Schnecker interviews NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană at NATO’s headquarters in Brussels. If the YouTube link does not load, click...


Information received under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) shows that ten King’s College London (KCL) locations across London still contain potentially dangerous asbestos....