Unions welcome de­lay to night tube launch

Lon­don Un­der­ground says agree­ment is ‘not far’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low nathan.spen­de­low@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE launch of the Night Tube ser­vice, op­posed by union work­ers, has been de­layed.

Ini­tially set to start on Septem­ber 12, the 24-hour week­end ser­vice has been post­poned for fur­ther dis­cus­sions with the unions.

Run­ning on the Ju­bilee, Vic­to­ria, and most of the Cen­tral, North­ern and Pic­cadilly lines, the Night Tube ser­vice will cut jour­ney times by an av­er­age of 20 min­utes ac­cord­ing to Trans­port for Lon­don.

Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port union (RMT), Mick Cash, said: “RMT wel­comes this move which is what we have been call­ing for ever since we went into dis­pute over the Night Tube is­sue.

“We warned re­peat­edly that it would be dan­ger­ous and foolish to press ahead with bodged Night Tube plans un­til the very ba­sics in terms of staffing and safety had been agreed with the unions through the longestab­lished frame­works.

“This move by TFL proves that our mem­bers were right to strike and were right to warn the public about the con­se­quences of the mad rush to in­tro­duce the Mayor’s Night Tube plans with­out agree­ment. The fact that the plans have now been sus­pended in­def­i­nitely to some vague date ‘in the au­tumn’ is clearly a mas­sive em­bar­rass­ment to both Boris John­son and Ge­orge Os­borne but gives us an op­por­tu­nity to now get the ba­sics that should have been sorted months ago worked out through di­rect ne­go­ti­a­tion.

“In the mean­time, our ac­tion sched­uled for early Septem­ber re­mains on.”

Union work­ers were set to strike this week over the Night Tube Ser­vice and pay, but an­nounced the sus­pen­sion of in­dus­trial ac­tion on Mon­day, Au­gust 24.

Lon­don Un­der­ground man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Nick Brown, said: “Fur­ther to the progress made in re­cent days with the trade unions and the sus­pen­sion of strike ac­tion, we be­lieve we are not far from an agree­ment that pro­tects the work-life bal­ance of our em­ploy­ees and is af­ford­able, sus­tain­able and fair. As such, we have de­cided to de­fer the in­tro­duc­tion of Night Tube to al­low more time for those talks to con­clude.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to reach an agree­ment that ends this dis­pute and de­liv­ers the Night Tube for Lon­don­ers this au­tumn.”

Lon­don First, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that aims to im­prove busi­ness in Lon­don con­ducted re­search into the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of the Night Tube and found the new ser­vice will boost jobs and help main­tain Lon­don’s sta­tus as a vi­brant and ex­cit­ing place to live, work and visit. The re­search re­port­edly found that around 1,965 per­ma­nent jobs will be sup­ported by the Night Tube with the net ad­di­tional out­put pro­duced as a re­sult will equate to an ad­di­tional £360m over 30 years.

The Night Tube will mean Lon­don­ers and visi­tors to the cap­i­tal can travel on the fol­low­ing lines on Fri­day and Satur­day nights and the early hours of Satur­day and Sun­day morn­ings:

Cen­tral line: trains will run be­tween Eal­ing Broad­way and Loughton/Hain­ault

Ju­bilee line: trains will run on the en­tire line

North­ern line: trains will run on the en­tire line ex­cept on the Mill Hill East and Bank branches

Pic­cadilly line: trains will run be­tween Cock­fos­ters and Heathrow Ter­mi­nal 5

Vic­to­ria line: trains will run on the en­tire line

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