London Underground strike knocks confidence in capital's new mayor

London Underground strike knocks confidence in capital's new mayor

With TfL’s funding slashed and the promise of a fares freeze to deliver, Sadiq Khan finds himself in a tricky position

This wasn’t supposed to happen under Sadiq Khan, but the first major tube strike under the new mayor shows that winning the battle over closing ticket offices and slashing jobs may have only been a pyrrhic victory for Transport for London.

Monday’s strike was an echo of January 2016’s walkouts, when Boris Johnson was in full flow. Then, 900 jobs were shed and ticket offices axed across the capital. Since then, most of the public appear to have accepted the closures, however controversial and unpopular they were in principle. The night tube, another reason for the 2016 strikes, has also started, accompanied by a slight rise in staff pay.

Related: Tube strike: all lines hit and most central London stations closed – live updates

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Source: Guardian Transport

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