Tube strikes: Londoners face severe delays across the capital

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Commuters had to face difficulties in traveling as the night tube was blocked due to the planned walk-out on Friday.

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Soon after the strike began, TfL reported Circle Line: “Severe delays due to planned strike action by the RMT union. Valid tickets will be accepted on local buses and on Network Rail.

Interruptions occurred on both the Victoria and Central lines as TfL stated that they were running a “special service” on both lines while the strike was underway.

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The strike action began at 7 p.m. and is expected to last until 4.29 p.m. over the weekend, with TfL warning of “severe disruption” as commuters spread onto other lines and buses.

TfL is advising travelers to check their routes before travelling.

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TfL reports on the Circle and Victoria lines: “RMT Strike Action: RMT has announced a strike on weekends throughout December to coincide with the re-introduction of Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines.

“TfL is warning customers that both lines are expected to be severely disrupted by 19:00, with little or no service from this time on December 10th and December 11th and overnight on December 17th. Customers are advised to It is recommended that they check before travelling and where necessary use buses to complete their journey.

There is currently a serious delay on the Bakerloo line between Stonebridge Park and Harrow and Wealdstone due to a suspicious package at Willesden Junction.

Night Tube services on the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union walk-out Central and Victoria Line will resume for the first time in 20 months following TfL’s announcement in October.

The consortium is asking TfL to hire dedicated Night Tube drivers for the relaunch.

A TfL spokesman said the strike action “will affect Londoners and the city’s recovery at a critical time”.

He said: “RMT has taken this action on the new roasters, which have been agreed upon by another accrediting association and were introduced to tube drivers in August.

“This strike action has been called despite the new rosters, which include assurances that there will be no job cuts, providing certainty and the option of permanent work on part-time contracts and scheduling only four night shift weekends per year – Shifts that can be swapped for duties with coworkers at other times of the day if it works better for them.

“Negotiations between TfL and RMT are ongoing as TfL tries to avoid this unnecessary action.”

About 30,000 passengers used it when the Night Tube resumed last weekend.

Transport for London said overnight passenger numbers last Saturday were about a third of pre-pandemic levels.

Nick Dent, London Underground’s Director of Customer Operations, said: “We have been in talks with RMT for months to avoid this unnecessary strike action.

“I apologize to customers for the disruptions they may face and urge RMT to continue negotiating with us, rather than threaten London with further attacks at a critical time for her recovery. “

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The issue at the center of the controversy is the dedicated Night Tube driver grade, which was popular with women and caring responsibilities, and which the union struggled to write into the original Night Tube. The agreement is torn apart, with utter disregard for the employees.

“We have made every effort at Acas. [Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service] and negotiate direct to resolve the dispute but it is becoming increasingly clear that LU bosses operate entirely from the bottom line and appear to have no interest in the well-being of their employees or the service of passengers. Is.

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