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Emergency services all set for tube strikes

16:25 03 February 2014

Staff are striking over plans to close ticket offices (Picture: Nick Ansell)

Staff are striking over plans to close ticket offices (Picture: Nick Ansell)

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No disruption is expected to the emergency services during the 48-hour tube strikes which begin tomorrow.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions will walk-out on Tuesday night until Friday morning with a repeat scheduled for the following week.

London Ambulance say more paramedics on motorcycles will be on duty and extra push bikes will also be available to staff to ensure patients are seen as quickly as possible.

A message has also gone out to all staff to make sure that they are aware of the scheduled strikes.

Police officers and Met staff have reviewed their travel arrangements to and from work and discussed with them with their line managers.

Operational command units have then reviewed their arrangements for potential loss of staff on those dates.

A spokeswoman from the London Fire Brigade said it would be “business as usual” across the London boroughs.

The strike is part of a dispute over ticket office closures.

Transport for London (TfL) plans to shut all 260 ticket offices by 2015 as part of a modernisation project, which also includes making some lines run around the clock at weekends.

Elsewhere:

• Services at Newham Hospital, Mile End hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital will run as normal, with staff making alternative arrangements, where necessary, for their journeys into work.

Inpatients and outpatient are asked to allow extra time for their journey.

• No disruption is expected at Barking Hospital

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