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London Tube strike latest LIVE: TfL services crippled by new 24-hour walkout…as RMT warns commuters to expect yet more strikes


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ommuters were hit with fresh travel chaos on Thursday morning as a 24-hour Tube strike crippled London’s transport network.

Passengers were urged to check their route before travelling with all 12 underground lines either suspended or part suspended as of 6.30am.

The Elizabeth Line was running a good service but trains and buses are expected to be much busier than normal.

Transport for London (TfL) said London Overground and DLR services may be subject to last minute changes on Thursday, while London Trams will be running a reduced timetable.

The disruption is expected to continue into Friday morning.

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London Underground Tube Strike | 10th November 2022


Bus queues at Waterloo Station today as London

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Bus queues at Waterloo Station today as London is hit by another tube strike

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Eastbound traffic (right) on the Euston Road in central London during a strike

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Tube trains lined up at Stanmore this morning as the Tube Strike begins

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Bus queues at Waterloo Station today as London

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Richmond Station

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Edgware Road Tube Station this morning as the Tube Strike

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Closed shutters at the entrance to Euston underground station

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The stoppage is the latest in a series of strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), which is involved in a long-running dispute over jobs.

Speaking on Thurday morning, the union’s assistant general secretary John Leach said future strikes should be expected.

Asked if there will be further action, he said: “I hope not, I very much hope not, but if there’s no progress made around the table on these issues in discussions with the management and they continue to attack our pensions, jobs and contracts, the answer is yes.”

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‘Needless’ strike leaves commuters frantic

Commuters branded today’s underground strike as a “needless” blow to the capital’s economy after London Mayor Sadiq khan pledged to protect the pensions of TfL staff.At London Bridge Station passengers were frantically seeking alternatives for their onward journeys.

Martin Lewin, 51, who works in property management, told the Standard: “Earlier in the week it was the trains. I come into London Bridge from south London and loads of trans were cancelled.

“Now today I’ve got to London Bridge and will have to get a bus, or a cab which is expensive, to hey to my office. If the Mayor says they will protect their pensions they need to get back to work.

“The strike is needless and it’s hurting the wrong people. The economy can’t afford these hours or people not producing. It’s a other blow to the economy.”

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Tube: Status update

Central Line: Service is operating between Hainault – Woodford, Hainault – Liverpool Street, Epping – Leytonstone, White City – Ealing Broadway and between North Acton – West Ruislip at a reduced frequency. No service on the rest of the line.

District Line: Service operating between Dagenham East and West Ham at a reduced frequency. No service on the rest of the line.

London Overgrond: No service between Liverpool Street and Cheshunt, Chingford, Enfield Town all day. Trains will not stop at Canada Water. Good service on all other routes.

Northern Line: A reduced service is operating between High Barnet and East Finchley, between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East, and between Edgware and Golders Green. No service on the rest of the line.

There is good service on the Elizabeth Line and DLR.

All other lines are suspended.

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Future strikes expected

Future strikes should be expected, assistant general secretary of the RMT union John Leach has said.

“Our message to the commuters is we regret the inconvenience caused by Tube strikes, of course we do.

“But I also say to them, if your pension or your job was on the line, or your contract was being ripped in front of you… you would expect your union to stick together to defend your pension, your job and your contract, and that’s all we’re doing.”

Asked if there will be further action, he said: “I hope not, I very much hope not, but if there’s no progress made around the table on these issues in discussions with the management and they continue to attack our pensions, jobs and contracts, the answer is yes.”

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Pictured: Bus and road chaos during Tube strike

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Union calls on TfL to ‘stand by’ staff

John Leach, assistant general secretary of the RMT National Union has called on rail bosses to “stand by” their staff.

He told PA outside King’s Cross St Pancras: “My message to TfL now is stand by your staff, listen to your staff, thousands of them are on strike today for the sixth time this year.

“They’re losing lots of money, don’t they realise in management there’s a serious problem here? What they need to do is stand with their staff.

“The Mayor of London needs to stand up for staff and do a proper finance deal which gives TfL money it needs to keep the capital city moving, and not trade off the staff pension, jobs and their conditions of employment for some bad deal, which is what they have done.”

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What does RMT say about the strike?

RMT said last minute talks were held with TfL on Tuesday to suspend today’s strike action.

The union asked management to suspend 600 station job cuts until the end of the year, and to reform workers’ pension scheme.

But RMT said: “Given the failure of London Underground to provide assurances on any of the headings of dispute and the continued attacks on members pensions, condition of employment and on staffing levels, RMT will take strike action on Thursday.”

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Traffic builds on Euston Rd

Traffic is building on Euston Road as Londoners seek alternative routes during the Tube strike.

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Chaos at King’s Cross

Around a dozen members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and Unite have gathered at King’s Cross St Pancras for a picket.

The group arrived at 7am, placing a banner reading “RMT” close to the station.

Nearby commuters were seen being turned away from packed buses as the Tube station was closed off.

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Pictured: Bus queues at Waterloo station

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