Commuters warned about three Tube line strikes
TRANSPORT for London is warning commuters ahead of strikes on three different Tube lines on the same day.
Bullying and lack of staff have been cited as two of the issues behind the strike, being held by two separate unions.
On the Piccadilly line RMT Union workers will be striking, while RMT and Aslef union workers are striking on the Central and Waterloo and City lines.
Today (Wednesday) there will be no service on the Central and Waterloo lines whatsoever, while action on the Piccadilly lines begins in the afternoon.
Services on the Piccadilly line will not resume until around 3am the following day (Thursday), TfL has warned.
Aslef drivers on the Central line held a 24-hour strike in early October, after a Piccadilly line strike by RMT drivers spread over four days.
Both unions claim that London Underground have created friction in industrial relations over broken promises.
After ACAS talks collapsed before the last Central line strike, Aslef organiser Finn Brennan revealed that the drivers were striking over the sacking of a colleague by London Underground.
Although TfL is warning commuters about the Tube strike, it is keen to stress that talks are ongoing with both unions.
Talks were held at specialist negotiation and reconciliation body ACAS, although both strikes went ahead, causing significant issues for Londoners using the Tube network.
Nigel Holness, director of network operations for London Underground, said: “We will keep customers up-to-date with the latest travel advice to help them replan their journeys, and will continue to talk to the union leadership in order to try and resolve these disputes.”
TfL is putting an extra 150 buses on the roads today to help cope with the vastly increased demand.
Passengers wishing to get the train to Heathrow are advised to use TfL Rail and Heathrow Express services from London Paddington.