CUSTOMERS travelling between Reading and Paddington are likely to be disrupted by the upcoming strike action.

Transport for London (TfL) is encouraging people not to trarvel on Tuesday, June 21 until mid-morning on Wednesday, June 22, unless “absolutely necessary”.

Planned industrial action being taken by the RMT and Unite unions is set to take place on June 21, June 23 and June 25.

This will impact the Elizabeth line services between June 21 to June 26.

Elizabeth line customers travelling between Paddington to Reading are advised to complete their journey by 4pm.

An enhanced bus service will run during the strike period with queues expected. Customers are encouraged to walk and cycle if they can.

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Andy Lord, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “I want to apologise to our customers for the impact these strikes will have on their journeys and urge people to avoid travel on all TfL services on 21 June unless absolutely necessary.

“If they are travelling, they must complete journeys by 18:00, and expect disruption across the network.

“Walking and cycling is likely to be the best way to get around during this action.

“The strike on the London Underground has been timed by the RMT and Unite unions to cause maximum disruption to our millions of customers by coinciding with strike action on national rail services.

“Additional strikes on national rail services next week will also have an impact on London Underground, Overground and Elizabeth line services because of shared track and assets.”

Mr Lord is advising travellers to plan ahead and leave more time for their journeys.

Adding: "This strike is particularly frustrating as it comes so soon after industrial action earlier this month, no changes have been proposed to pensions and nobody has or will lose their job as a result of the proposals we have set out.

“We're urging the RMT and Unite to call off this strike – my message to them is that it’s not too late to work with us to find a resolution and avoid the huge disruption this action will cause."

On Tuesday, June 21, The Paddington to Reading and Heathrow route of the Elizabeth line will run a reduced service from 7.40am, with customers advised to complete their journeys by 4pm.

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On Wednesday, June 22 there will also be a reduced service on the Elizabeth line with travellers encouraged to avoid making journeys until mid-morning.

There will also be less trains running on Thursday, June 23 and Saturday, June 25.

The central section of the Elizabeth line will still be running a reduced service but will close as normal at 11pm.

The west (Paddington to Reading & Heathrow) branch of the Elizabeth line will run a reduced service from 7.40am with customers advised to complete all journeys by 4pm.

And on Friday, June 24 and Sunday, June 26, the Elizabeth line services will start later than usual.