Tube strike: Early morning commuters face no Central line service

PUBLISHED: 17:12 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:12 20 February 2017

The Tube strike will cause travel misery for thousands of people    Picture: PA/Nick Ansell

The Tube strike will cause travel misery for thousands of people Picture: PA/Nick Ansell

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Commuters heading into London will not be able to use the Central line before 7am on Wednesday if the planned Tube strike goes ahead.

Transport for London (TfL) has also announced that there will be no service east of Leytonstone all day, with a number of east London stations predicted to be busier than usual as a result.

Central line trains will run between Leytonstone and White City once every 10 minutes between 7am and 11pm.

The 24 hour strike by members of the RMT union, due to begin at 9pm on Tuesday, would be the second to take place on the line within a month.

The dispute is said to be over the “forced” transfer of eight drivers from their home depots at the eastern end of the line, including one in Hainault, to others in central London, meaning they have further to travel.

Should the strike go ahead, Chingford, Ilford and Leytonstone stations are expected to be extremely busy during the morning and evening peaks, with passengers likely to have to queue outside.

Bus routes through east London, TfL Rail and the London Overground are expected to be busier than usual, while a number of stations with connections to other lines – including Stratford, Liverpool Street and Mile End – are also likely to experience large crowds.

Peter McNaught, operations director for the Central line, said: “We have made all reasonable efforts to resolve this dispute through talking through the issues with the unions, and we have minimised the number of employees affected from over 30 to eight.

“We urge them to engage with us to resolve this issue and to withdraw the strike action, which will only cause needless disruption to Londoners.”

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “RMT negotiators have made strenuous efforts through the Acas, conciliation service, machinery to resolve this dispute but the door has been slammed in our faces.”

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