Tube strikes set to disrupt first Night Tube services

Tube strikes set to disrupt first Night Tube services

11/27/2021 2:26:00 PM

Tube strikes set to disrupt first Night Tube services

Plans to reopen the Central and Victoria lines in the early hours will be disrupted.

Continuing Tube strikes will disrupt plans to partially reopen the Night Tube this weekend..Customers are advised to check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required.The Tube strikeTwo of these, Central and Victoria, were set to reopen their Night Tube services this weekend, after calls to enhance women's safety at night.

Andy Lord, London Underground's (LU) managing director, said TfL had invested in additional British Transport Police officers, both in plain clothes and in uniform to assist customers and staff on the Night Tube."This action is the last thing London needs as it recovers from the pandemic, which is why we have done everything we can to get this action called off."

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Reuters Image caption, RMT said TfL had "ripped up" an agreement on Night Tube driving by changing rosters Continuing Tube strikes will disrupt plans to partially reopen the Night Tube this weekend. More than 140,000 people signed a petition calling for its return in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder . The service was due to resume on Saturday night but staff have walked out in a dispute over driver rotas. A union says changes to rotas will ruin members' work-life balance but transport bosses called the strike "unnecessary action". Customers are advised to check before they travel and use buses to complete their journeys where required. Image caption, Further disruptions for all six lines are expected over the next three weekends on 3-5 December, 10-12 December and 17-18 December The Tube strike started across six services on Friday , when Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union staff went on strike at 04:30 GMT. Two of these, Central and Victoria, were set to reopen their Night Tube services this weekend, after calls to enhance women's safety at night. It is the first strike on more than one Tube line since 2018, with the other four affected lines being Piccadilly, Northern, Waterloo & City and Jubilee. Further disruptions for all six lines are expected over the next three weekends on 3-5 December, 10-12 December and 17-18 December. Andy Lord, London Underground's (LU) managing director, said TfL had invested in additional British Transport Police officers, both in plain clothes and in uniform to assist customers and staff on the Night Tube. He said: "I am very sorry for the inconvenience that this strike action is causing. "We understand that our customers will be frustrated by the RMT's strike action, which is timed to cause maximum disruption to London. "This action is the last thing London needs as it recovers from the pandemic, which is why we have done everything we can to get this action called off." Image caption, The RMT says London Underground needs to "start listening" On Friday, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said strikes were happening because TfL had "ripped up" an agreement on Night Tube driving by changing rosters. He said: "The Tube strike action is rock solid in all depots and the widespread impact on services is solely down to management failure to recognise and address the anger of their staff at the imposition of damaging and unacceptable working practices. "This action was wholly avoidable if LU bosses hadn't attempted to bulldoze through arrangements that abolished the Night Tube driver grade, lumping everyone into a central pool where they can be shunted about at will in a drive to cut costs." Related Topics