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Industrial action involving two unions is threatened in the coming weeks

Editor-At-Large: Travel is great in the UK – as long as you are a bat

What is Lord Adonis doing this weekend? Trying to travel by train? Hoping to board a British Airway plane? Voters are entitled to expect that the Secretary of State for Transport would have the interests of passengers at heart, but I have my doubts. OK, Adonis hasn't been elected and sits in the House of Lords – but telling us he's passionate about trains and touring the country by rail on a cursory fact-finding mission shortly after being appointed doesn't convince me. Coming up with a high speed rail link that will cost billions doesn't impress either – it's macho posturing to impress big business.

Tube strike 'rock solid'

A 24-hour strike by hundreds of London Underground maintenance workers was said to be "solidly supported" today, with warnings of disruption to services.

Tube maintenance staff set for strike action

Hundreds of London Underground maintenance workers will stage the first in a series of 24-hour strikes tomorrow in a row over rosters and outsourcing of work, union leaders confirmed today.

LU condemns Tube staff strikes

Hundreds of London Underground maintenance workers are to stage a series of 24-hour strikes in a row over new rosters and outsourcing, it was announced today.

1,200 Tube jobs at risk in secret plan, says union

Union leaders claimed today that London Underground bosses were secretly drawing up plans to save £5 billion in spending which will see 144 station ticket offices close and up to 1,200 jobs threatened with the axe.

Inside Lines: Just the ticket: Boris and Jacques star in 'On The Buses'

Boris Johnson's latest Olympic wheeze is to suggest that "where possible" the International Olympic Committee bigwigs should use public transport rather than the chauffeured limos to which they are accustomed during London's Games. He has even phoned Jacques Rogge to discuss the notion, which apparently was well received. No doubt Bojo will avail himself of London's transport network so we await with intrigue the sight of the Mayor and the IOC president hopping aboard the No 26 from Stratford to the Olympic Park. More seriously the Olympic Development Authority say 75 per cent of the Games transport programme is in place. This sounds impressive, and the Tube service we are promised – high-speed Javelin trains – seems excellent, on paper. But Bob Crow and his merry men have yet to do their worst. Will the Games be held to ransom three weeks before they open? They are a perfect target to be hijacked by threats of strike action on the Tube and trains, just as BA might have been over Christmas and could be over Easter. Crow is the General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union which covers a multitude of possibilities for industrial action affecting 2012. If I was Seb, right now I would be sending out invites to Crow and union leaders to be VIP guests at the opening ceremony and guarantee seats for other events. Judging from his bonhomie recently on Have I Got News For You, Uncle Bob is not averse to a bit of public pampering so such a sweetener might be just the ticket.

Letters: GPs' patient care

The GP of popular imagination is long gone

Jubilee Line workers to stage 24-hour strikes

London Underground maintenance workers are to stage a series of 24-hour strikes in a row over pay, it was announced today.

Tube workers to vote on strike action

Hundreds of London Underground workers are to be balloted for strikes in a series of rows over new rosters, agreements and the use of outside contractors, it was announced today.

Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary

Denies everything

Rail worker killed by freight train

A railway worker died today after he was hit by an empty train returning to a depot.

Train cleaners strike over 'poverty pay'

Cleaners servicing Virgin trains on the West Coast Main Line will launch the first of two 24-hour strikes tonight in a row over pay and conditions.

Mary Dejevsky: And they wonder why we don't believe them

Maybe it's just nostalgia, but I seem to remember a time when you felt you could trust those in positions of authority – academic experts, company directors, even bank managers and politicians – to take questions seriously and to tell the truth. Granted, it might have been the truth as they saw it, but the truth nonetheless, bolstered by the weight of their learning, experience, even wisdom.

Union calls for 'contaminated' station to be closed

A leading union today called for a busy Tube station to be closed after claiming it had possibly been contaminated with anthrax and asbestos.

Tube workers rapped for pre-Christmas strike threat

Thousands of London Underground workers are to be balloted for strikes in a long-running row over pay, threatening travel chaos on the Tube in the run-up to Christmas, it was announced today.

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