Commuters are once again facing severe travel disruption as London Underground workers prepare to walk out on strike for three days.
The strike is set to begin at 8pm on Sunday, February 5, and finish 9am on Wednesday, February 8, as part of the ongoing row between the RMT union and London Underground over staffing.
Grey stations and lines are likely to close. Picture: TfL
Buses, roads and overground services are expected to be busier than usual. Travellers are being warned to plan their journey in advance and check for updates.
There will be no service at all after 8pm on Sunday, February 5 and before 7am on Monday, Febuary 6, and then a very limited Tube service until 4pm when stations will reopen.
On Tuesday, February 7, normal service on the Tube will operate until midday, when services will become limited. All London Underground lines will close at 8pm.
There will be no Tube service until 7am on Wednesday, February 8, when a limited service will begin. Services will be affected until 11am.
The strike timetable. Picture: Tf
London Underground’s chief operating officer, Steve Griffiths, said: “If the strike by the RMT goes ahead we will be working hard to minimise disruption as much as possible and doing our best to help customers travel around the capital.
“Our plan is to use the services we are able to run to get as many people as close to central London as possible. There will be posters, digital boards and announcements in stations to keep people informed of the latest level of service and all customers are advised to check before they travel using our website and live update tools.
“We have made a proposal to both unions in order to end this dispute and will be recruiting at least 650 new station staff this year, of which 325 will be additional new roles.
"I urge the RMT to keep talking with us and not disrupt the lives of Londoners.”
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT will not stand by while safety is compromised on London Underground off the back of cash-led cuts to staffing levels that the union has warned would have a serious, lasting and corrosive impact for staff and passengers alike. That is why our members are taking this further action.
“RMT members on the London Underground stations see day in and day out the toxic impact of the job cuts programme and they are reporting back that it is horrific.
"It has now also been shown that at management level there is agreement with the union that the cuts have been a disastrous mistake.
“With the constant overcrowding on stations and platforms it is only a matter of time before there is a major tragedy if we don’t act decisively. Our dispute is about taking action to haul back the cuts machine and put safety back at the top of the agenda.
“The union remains available for further serious talks.”
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