A Tube strike begins tonight at 7pm and London commuters are warned to expect delays from 5pm when London Underground workers will begin to shut down services.
The strike will continue until 8.59pm on Wednesday but don’t expect all Tube lines to be back on track until Thursday morning.
Transport for London (TFL) warned yesterday that commuters should expect disruption on all routes, saying:
“We’ll run as many Tube services as we can, but some lines will have a restricted service and some stations will be closed.”
TFL added that it managed to operate 40 per cent of services during the last strike.
There are plans for 100 extra buses to operate as well as increased riverboat services in order to keep London moving. TFL also said planned roadworks were being put on hold during the strike.
The strike by 11,000 RMT and TSSA members is over management’s plans to cut 800 station staff from Underground stations across the capital. Unions claim that a further 2,000 jobs are under threat.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “Londoners have shown that they will not be deterred from their daily business by these pointless strikes. The action of the union leaderships may cause some inconvenience but we are determined to keep the capital moving.”
And one more date for your diaries – a fourth 24-hour Tube strike is planned for November 29.
Get more info here: tfl.gov.uk
– Frankie Mullin