Tube strike to cause line and station closures across London

Most stations in Zone 1 will close, London Underground warns

Alan Jones
Thursday 02 February 2017 11:52 GMT
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Union staff on London Underground are to strike after bosses warned the loss of more than 800 jobs is affecting safety
Union staff on London Underground are to strike after bosses warned the loss of more than 800 jobs is affecting safety (PA)

Millions of London Underground passengers are being warned that a planned strike by station staff will have a "significant" impact on Tube services.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are due to stage two walkouts from Sunday evening in a dispute over jobs and ticket office closures.

LU said if the strikes go ahead there will be a significant impact on Tube journeys from 6pm on Sunday until around 11am on Wednesday.

Many Tube stations, including most of those in Zone 1, will not open or, in some cases, may open or close at short notice.

Passengers were advised to check before they travel, allow more time for their journey and avoid the peak times.

Talks were continuing at the conciliation service Acas on Thursday in a bid to avert the action.

The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) is taking part in the talks but its members are not going on strike.

The unions have warned that the loss of more than 800 jobs is affecting safety and want LU to reinstate more than it is currently offering.

London Underground 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.

"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."

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