Tube strike: all lines hit and most central London stations closed – live updates
Millions of London Underground passengers face a chaotic journey to work as a 24-hour strike over staffing and ticket offices closures hits all tube lines and many central stations
Transport for London said it was running a limited services on eight out of 11 Tube lines and expects 60% of stations to open across the network.
Here’s its latest update:
TfL staff are working hard to keep customers informed and ensure London keeps moving and remains open for business today. However, customers are advised that although the strike ends at 6pm services are expected to be disrupted throughout the day and evening and journeys should be completed by 6pm.
For customers travelling to Canary Wharf from central London, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services are running, however they will be busier than usual. Enhanced river services are linking central London and Canary Wharf.
Gridlock has hit central London’s streets, as this aerial footage shows.
The TSSA general secretary, Manuel Cortes, has repeated the union’s rejection of London Underground’s staff offer.
The strength of feeling on this issue is reflected in the solidity of the strike, with just a few trains running at the edges of the system.
London Underground may tell you today that they are offering 600 jobs this year, but the tube sheds 400 jobs a year through natural wastage.
London Underground has repeated its pledge to recruit an extra staff – an offer rejected as not enough by the unions.
Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer for London Underground, said:
“This strike, called by the leadership of the RMT and TSSA unions, is unnecessary. We had always intended to review staffing levels and have had constructive discussions with the unions.
“We agree that we need more staff in our stations and have already started to recruit 200 extra staff and this is likely to increase further as we work through the other areas that need to be addressed. Taking into account existing vacancies and natural turnover this means that over 600 staff will be recruited for stations this year.
My boss, Dan Sabbagh, the Guardian’s head of news, is one of those struggling into work.
John Leach, the RMT’s London regional organiser, claimed that London Underground’s management privately shared the union’s concerns about safety but have been over ruled at a more senior level.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme outside Piccadilly Circus underground station, he said: “London Underground management at an operational level know we are right, they agree with us on the safety issues, but could never openly say so. But at a director level and above they tell us they have got no money. That’s not acceptable, because the four million people who use London Underground every day are entitled to a safe tube.”
Welcome to our live coverage of the latest strike on London Underground as millions of people face a tough journey into work with most central stations closed and all lines hit.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) started a 24-walk at 6pm on Sunday in a dispute over staffing and ticket office closures.
“This action has been forced on us by savage cuts to jobs that have reduced London Underground to an under-staffed death trap at a time of heightened security and safety alert.
“RMT members will not stand idly by while they see day in and day out the safety regime on the Tube being slashed to ribbons. Even senior Tube bosses have admitted that we are absolutely correct in our assessment of the risks that are being taken as the impact of the 900 station job cuts hits home.
“There is no need to strike. We had always intended to review staffing levels and have had constructive discussions with the unions.
“We agree that we need more staff in our stations and have already started to recruit 200 extra staff and that is likely to increase further as we work through the other areas that need to be addressed.
Source: Guardian Transport