London Tube Strike to go Ahead as Talks Break Down

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Due to the failure of last-minute talks the planned strike by Tube station staff is to go ahead.  Many stations in Zone 1 will be closed.  Transport for London (TfL), said that many stations would be closed with few opening at all.

Services will be severely restricted on Monday when the strike goes ahead.  There will be no service on the North Acton to West Ruislip segment of the Central line, and Heathrow terminals 4 and 5 on the Piccadilly line will also be closed.

District, Circle, and Hammersmith and City lines will operate a limited service but not all stations will be open.  Piccadilly line services will operate a limited service between Hammersmith and Heathrow terminals 1, 2, and 3.

There are no services between Victoria, King’s Cross, Paddington, Euston, Bank, London Bridge, and Waterloo stations.

National Rail and DLR services are expected to run as normal, although the DLR may stop running at Tower Gateway.

TfL and London Overground services will be running as normal.

Although busses will be deployed, they are expected to be extremely busy in central London.  Where possible, TfL said it will operate shuttle services between 7am and 7pm.

RMT’s Mick Cash, said, “Despite huge efforts by the union negotiating team London Underground have failed to come up with any serious plans to tackle the staffing and safety crisis caused by the axing of nearly 900 safety-critical station jobs.

“Instead of resolving the issues tube bosses have chosen instead to ramp up the rhetoric with threats to mobilise a strike-breaking army of ‘ambassadors’ with severe consequences for the current safety regime across the Tube network.

“As a result of the management failure to face up to the current crisis the talks have collapsed and all industrial actions remains on.

“It is up to London Underground to take full responsibility for this situation and to come back to us with a serious set of proposals.”

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