Last minute talks between Transport for London (TfL) and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime, and Transport (RMT) unions to avoid today’s strike action have broken down.
The tube strike will start at 6pm today and run for 24 hours. Most zone 1 stations will be closed.
TfL made a new offer to the unions, but both the RMT and then later the TSSA rejected the offer. The dispute centres on staffing and safety levels which have been found to be inadequate by a new report.
As well as the majority of central London stations will be closed, reduced services will impact the whole of the London Underground network.
Strikes on the Southern Rail Network and cabin crew for British Airways will also go ahead as planned.
TfL has announced that all stations within the Circle Line boundary will close during the strike, and there will be no underground services at stations that join over ground services. This includes Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Euston, Bank, London Bridge, and Paddington.
A statement on the TfL website reads, “Please be patient with the transport staff who are at work and trying to help customers get around.
“If you are able to change your travel time, you are strongly advised to travel outside peak hours. Please allow more time for your journey.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has described the strike as pointless. He said, “My message to the unions is clear: it’s not too late to cancel this strike and get back around the negotiating table for the sake of all Londoners.
“I have instructed TfL to continue negotiating and we will be available around the clock to resolve this dispute.
“This strike is going to be a huge inconvenience to commuters, tourists and TfL staff. And it is pointless.
“This historic dispute, which started under Boris Johnson, has nothing to do with the millions of Londoners this strike is punishing. It must be called off.”
Neither Union has accepted the proposals offered by TfL although both are committed to talks.