London Underground Tube strike: How bad will delays be from Tuesday?

13:55 23 April 2012

Tube train

Tube train

TfL

‘Mind the Gap’ reads the warning on the Tube, but the yawning chasm between London Underground bosses and the RMT union strikes could plunge into chaos thousands of journeys, from tomorrow.

The two sides remain at loggerheads in a pensions and benefits dispute.

But no 11th hours talks were scheduled to take place this afternoon (Monday) to solve the dispute and avert strike action.

As a result, it looks certain that maintenance staff on the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee will walk out from 4pm tomorrow (Tuesday), until the same time on Friday.

The strikers work for Tube Lines, which is a fully-owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL). They want revised contracts to gain pensions and benefits in line with those enjoyed by colleagues employed by London Underground.

Tube bosses are hopeful that disruption suffered by commuters will be minimal, London24.com was told.

Disruption to journeys is a risk admitted a spokeswoman for TfL, which has drafted in workers in a bid to minimise disruption by filling the gap

“We have well practised contingency plans in place to ensure that the essential maintenance required on the railway can either go ahead as planned or can be rearranged. We do not and will not put passenger or staff safety at risk.”

A spokesman for the Rail, Maritime and Transport union claimed no constructive bid to resolve the dispute had been tabled by Transport for London (TfL).

“We are more than prepared to talk, but what we went through last time was farcical because they said absolutely nothing new,” said a spokesman.

The prospect of industrial action by some Tube staff has drawn an angry response from some readers on London24.com.

Richard Pender wrote via Facebook: “If they don’t like their job or the benefits they get or don’t get , then leave and get another job - there are 1000’s of people who would gladly take there places.

“Why must they strike and punish those who pay their wages? If I have a problem with my boss, I don’t then punish the people who pay my wages but sort it out with my boss, or is it just me?

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The late Lynda Bellingham described details of the Christmas she would never see during her final TV interview.

Read more

We’re keeping up with Kim Kardashian and her never-ending clone selfies.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

The late Lynda Bellingham described details of the Christmas she would never see during her final TV interview.

All eyes were on Kate for a sign of the baby bump.

The North West was particularly badly hit, while trees were downed across the country and flights were cancelled at Heathrow.

More than seven months after the start of the trial, Oscar Pistorius is jailed.

TOP Stories

Yesterday, 15:18
Cheryl Evans, with a picture of her murdered son, Warren

The distraught mother of teenager who was stabbed to death almost a decade ago is appealing for witnesses to help find his killer.

Yesterday, 13:53
@OccupyLondon took this photograph of London Assembly member Baroness Jenny Jones being arrested in Parliament Square.

Fifteen protesters have been arrested in Parliament Square as part of the Occupy Parliament demonstrations – including the Green Party peer Baroness Jones, who was promptly un-arrested once officers realised who she was!

Yesterday, 13:35
Police want to talk to this man in connection with the incident (Pic: BTP)

A cannabis-smoking thug held a knife against a train passenger’s face after he was asked to extinguish his spliff.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.