Search

Warning of ‘chaos’ across London if Tube strike goes ahead on Monday

18:08 25 April 2014

The Tube strike started yesterday

The Tube strike started yesterday

Archant

Transport chiefs have issued a warning of “chaos” across the capital if the planned strike by London Underground workers goes ahead on Monday.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for 48 hours from 9pm and for three days from the same time the following Monday in protest at the closure of Tube ticket offices.

London Underground said it planned to run as many services as possible during the strikes, but warned there will be disruption with trains starting later and finishing earlier than normal.

Phil Hufton, LU’s chief operating officer, urged the RMT to call off the “unnecessary” strike, adding: “Should it go ahead, we will be working harder than ever to keep London moving and open for business.”

The Prime Minister David Cameron attacked the industrial action on social networking site Twitter.

He tweeted: “Next week’s Tube strike is unjustified and unacceptable. It will hit millions of families across the capital and cause chaos for businesses.”

Mick Cash, the RMT’s acting general secretary, responded: “Instead of attacking Tube workers who are fighting to defend jobs and safety, David Cameron should be hauling in his Tory colleague Boris Johnson to explain why he has turned his promise to Londoners not to close ticket offices in its head and is now hell bent on axing every single one of them.

“We will not allow the future of the Tube to be turned into a battleground in the war between Cameron and Johnson for the Tory party leadership.”

Extra bus and river services will be provided, but people were urged to check before they travel.

Talks this week have failed to avert the stoppages, although both sides said they were prepared to continue meeting ahead of the action.

For the latest updates click here

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest News Stories

Camden School for Girls pupil Hannah Morris, 15, speaks in the House of Commons

A Gospel Oak schoolgirl became one of the youngest people ever to make a speech in the House of Commons as members of the UK Youth Parliament held their annual debate in Westminster last Friday.

15:51
Thieves attempted to steal a cash point machine from Highgate Post Office in Archway Road in the early hours of this morning.

Thieves attempted to steal a cash point machine from a post office in Highgate in the early hours of this morning.

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, explains why the hospital believes its plans to construct a pioneering new research institute will bring huge benefits to local patients.

Planned engineering work could affect your journey this weekend.

There is a relatively minor programme of planned closures on the Tube and Overground network this weekend - but they could still affect your journey. Read on for the lowdown.

Most read news

For anyone in the hold up – it’s not much fun.

Even for Buffalo – one of the US’s snowiest places – the weather has been extreme,

#NotVotingUkip was labelled a welcome reassurance by some of the Twitterati.

It’s OK-ish, but the value stems from Hitler’s signature.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition