Tube strike to start later today will affect Newham commuters
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Tube workers are due to go on strike for the second time this year later today.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) will go ahead with planned industrial action if last minute talks with London Underground bosses are unsuccessful.
They are due to walk out for 48 hours from 9pm – returning to work at the same time on Wednesday 30 – as part of a long-running protest against ticket office closures which bosses claim will lead to even more cuts.
A second bout of strike actions is due to take place from 9pm on Monday, May 5, lasting 72 hours.
Union and Tube bosses have been engaged in weeks of negotiations hosted by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), though they have yet to come to an agreement.
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RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “Staff are furious that while senior management pay and staffing levels are being allowed to roar ahead the jobs and pay of the core, station based staff who are the interface with the travelling public are being torn to ribbons.”
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “We’ve moved a huge amount since the last series of strikes. I’m really totally bemused as to why this disruption to London is still being continued.”
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He added: “Obviously I’ll try and do everything up to the 11th hour.”
The strike has also been condemned by prime minister David Cameron.
Transport for London (Tfl) has issued travel advice to customers (click here) and said it plans to run as many services as possible with extra bus and river services.
The strike will not affect the DLR, London Overground, Tramlink or National Rail services.
The following lines will be affected in Newham:
No service will operate through the central area. Trains will run between Epping/Hainault and Leyonstone every ten minutes in both directions. These trains will not stop at Redbridge, Gants Hill or Wanstead.
Trains will also run between West Ruislip and White City every 10 to 15 minutes in both directions, and may extend to Ealing Broadway. These trains will not stop at Redbridge, Gants Hill or Wanstead.
Trains will run between Wembley Park and Stratford every seven minutes in both directions. These trains will not stop at Bermondsey, Canada Water, St. John’s Wood, Southwark, or Swiss Cottage.
Trains will run between Wimbledon and Barking every 12 minutes in both directions. This may extend to Upminster. Trains will also run between Ealing Broadway and Tower Hill every 12 minutes in both directions.
These trains will not stop at Aldgate East, Blackfriars, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Stepney Green or Temple.
Hammersmith & City Line
Trains will run between Hammersmith and Aldgate every 10 minutes in both directions. These trains will not stop at Barbican, Euston Square or Great Portland Street.