The Tube strike which threatens to bring London’s Underground to a juddering halt looms ever closer.
RMT, Unite, TSSA and Aslef members are planning 24-hour strikes from Wednesday in a dispute over the new all-night service set to operate across the capital from September.
If the strikes proceed:
• There will be no Tube service from 18.30 on Wednesday 8 July
• No Tube service at all on Thursday 8 July
• DLR, London Overground and TfL Rail will operate a normal service
• Passengers are advised to complete their Tube journeys by 17.00 on Wednesday 8 July and travel earlier if possible.
• Tube services are set to be exceptionally busy between 15.00 and 17.00 and will taper off after this time.
Online literature for TfL, which runs the London Underground, states: “Extra bus and river services will run to help Londoners get around and roadworks will be suspended wherever possible but all public transport and roads will be much busier than usual. Allow more time for your journey.”
On Monday a spokesman for Aslef said the strike will “definitely go ahead” because the unions have not been given enough time to study a new pay offer.
A TfL representative told Huffington Post UK on Tuesday the body was open to further dialogue.
He added: “Londoners and businesses overwhelmingly back the Night Tube. It will make life better for everyone, cut journey times, create jobs and boost the economy.
“Many of our staff will not be affected by the new services as we are operating Friday and Saturday night services on five lines. We are also hiring 137 more train operators specifically to work on the Night Tube. For those who are affected, it will mean a few extra nights per year within the existing working week.
“No-one is being asked to work more hours than they do now. In return, we have offered a very fair and competitive package of an average 2% increase this year, a pay increase of RPI or 1%, whichever is greater, in 2016 and 2017, a £500 launch bonus to all staff on the Night Tube lines and stations and a £2,000 transition bonus for train operators.
“We received no response to this from the union leaderships."