Members of the Rail and Maritime Union expected to begin walk-out at 9pm this evening

Strike action in February caused travel chaos

Strike action in February caused travel chaos

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A 48-hour strike by Tube workers is set to begin today.

Members of the Rail and Maritime Union (RMT) are set to stage a 48-hour walk-out from 9pm over plans to close ticket offices, with the loss of up to 960 jobs.

They are not due to return to work until 9pm on Wednesday.

Talks between the RMT and London Underground (LU) are expected to resume today.

The RMT has called the plans ‘toxic to the core’ but LU officials say the union has offered no credible alternatives.

The union and LU have met more than 40 times through the conciliatory service Acas since the last 48-hour strike in February.

If the dispute is not resolved, a second, 72-hour strike is planned on May 5.

EXPECTED IMPACT ON SERVICES

Central Line

Trains will run between Epping/Hainault and Leytonstone around every ten minutes in both directions. If possible this will extend to Holborn.

These trains would not stop at Redbridge, Gants Hill or Wanstead stations. It is possible that some other stations may also need to close at times.

There will be a service between West Ruislip and White City about every 10 - 15 minutes in both directions.

Victoria Line

Trains are expected to run between Seven Sisters and Victoria abut every five minutes in both direction, with a possible service to Brixton.

These trains would not stop at Pimlico, Vauxhall or Warren Street stations. Some other stations may also be closed.

Commuters are advised to check the service before travelling and consider alternative routes, including London buses.

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9:13am Mon 28 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

They are making a rod for their own back.

Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 15

11:38am Mon 28 Apr 14

GlennW says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
This strike is over the permanent closure of all London Underground operated ticket offices, what have the so-called driverless trains got to do with it?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]This strike is over the permanent closure of all London Underground operated ticket offices, what have the so-called driverless trains got to do with it? GlennW
  • Score: -4

12:59pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

GlennW wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
This strike is over the permanent closure of all London Underground operated ticket offices, what have the so-called driverless trains got to do with it?
Because they will be striking over drivers next no doubt.

Tfl have bent over backwards in recent times to appease these 'hard done by' workers earring great wage compared to others in similar jobs. Tfl have to move on with modernisation, and will do, they have promised that staff will be redeployed.

They are faulty losing the little public sympathy that they had.
[quote][p][bold]GlennW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]This strike is over the permanent closure of all London Underground operated ticket offices, what have the so-called driverless trains got to do with it?[/p][/quote]Because they will be striking over drivers next no doubt. Tfl have bent over backwards in recent times to appease these 'hard done by' workers earring great wage compared to others in similar jobs. Tfl have to move on with modernisation, and will do, they have promised that staff will be redeployed. They are faulty losing the little public sympathy that they had. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 10

1:57pm Mon 28 Apr 14

GlennW says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
GlennW wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
This strike is over the permanent closure of all London Underground operated ticket offices, what have the so-called driverless trains got to do with it?
Because they will be striking over drivers next no doubt. Tfl have bent over backwards in recent times to appease these 'hard done by' workers earring great wage compared to others in similar jobs. Tfl have to move on with modernisation, and will do, they have promised that staff will be redeployed. They are faulty losing the little public sympathy that they had.
The 'great wage' is earned by the drivers/train operators, most of whom are members of ASLEF and LUL is too scared of ASLEF to risk taking them on. You will find that when the so-called driverless trains arrive on the Underground in the 2030s, they will still have a 'office' which will be occupied, in the main, by an ASLEF member.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GlennW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]This strike is over the permanent closure of all London Underground operated ticket offices, what have the so-called driverless trains got to do with it?[/p][/quote]Because they will be striking over drivers next no doubt. Tfl have bent over backwards in recent times to appease these 'hard done by' workers earring great wage compared to others in similar jobs. Tfl have to move on with modernisation, and will do, they have promised that staff will be redeployed. They are faulty losing the little public sympathy that they had.[/p][/quote]The 'great wage' is earned by the drivers/train operators, most of whom are members of ASLEF and LUL is too scared of ASLEF to risk taking them on. You will find that when the so-called driverless trains arrive on the Underground in the 2030s, they will still have a 'office' which will be occupied, in the main, by an ASLEF member. GlennW
  • Score: -9

4:29pm Mon 28 Apr 14

UKIP-local says...

We can only become more prosperous by either working longer hours a year or by producing more per hour. The technology used by LT has advanced considerably so staff savings ought to be possible.

I am not certain the ticket office issue has been entirely solved but remote service using Skype-like methods should enable LT to service first time users and anyone without the right ticket/change etc.

We can all relax, however, in the knowledge our MP will be able to continue to walk to work making lots more regulations and laws for us all to follow, as she has a substantial apartment in town in additional to her notional home in Theydon Bois.
We can only become more prosperous by either working longer hours a year or by producing more per hour. The technology used by LT has advanced considerably so staff savings ought to be possible. I am not certain the ticket office issue has been entirely solved but remote service using Skype-like methods should enable LT to service first time users and anyone without the right ticket/change etc. We can all relax, however, in the knowledge our MP will be able to continue to walk to work making lots more regulations and laws for us all to follow, as she has a substantial apartment in town in additional to her notional home in Theydon Bois. UKIP-local
  • Score: -1

9:42pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Brisbane says...

So, as usual, those delightful people in charge of the Victoria line choose to punish commuters from further north than Seven Sisters.
Everyone appreciates they probably can't run as many trains as usual, but those they can run should serve the whole line equally.
If we had decent MPs or councillors they would be demanding change, but unfortunately we haven't.
So, as usual, those delightful people in charge of the Victoria line choose to punish commuters from further north than Seven Sisters. Everyone appreciates they probably can't run as many trains as usual, but those they can run should serve the whole line equally. If we had decent MPs or councillors they would be demanding change, but unfortunately we haven't. Brisbane
  • Score: 4

10:07pm Mon 28 Apr 14

MICHAEL MCGOUGH says...

Boris seems pretty useless when needed---where is he ?
Boris seems pretty useless when needed---where is he ? MICHAEL MCGOUGH
  • Score: -2

10:43pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

MICHAEL MCGOUGH wrote:
Boris seems pretty useless when needed---where is he ?
He has been on the news all day.
[quote][p][bold]MICHAEL MCGOUGH[/bold] wrote: Boris seems pretty useless when needed---where is he ?[/p][/quote]He has been on the news all day. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

8:17pm Tue 29 Apr 14

snacker says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back.

Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ?

Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ? Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for.... snacker
  • Score: -2

10:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

snacker wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back.

Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ?

Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....
Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone.

Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money.

Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom?
[quote][p][bold]snacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ? Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....[/p][/quote]Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone. Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money. Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

10:29pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

snacker wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back.

Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ?

Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....
Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone.

Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money.

Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom?
[quote][p][bold]snacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ? Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....[/p][/quote]Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone. Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money. Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 4

12:05am Wed 30 Apr 14

snacker says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
snacker wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back.

Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ?

Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....
Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone.

Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money.

Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom?
Avoiding the questions again, well what was I to expect. Hope you enjoyed your own little mental diversion. Verbal onanism. By the way how do you see sandals behind a ticket office counter, or indeed staff behind a "closed" blind ?

Looking forward to your next bit of self indulgent off-topic waffle. I really am...
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]snacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ? Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....[/p][/quote]Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone. Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money. Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom?[/p][/quote]Avoiding the questions again, well what was I to expect. Hope you enjoyed your own little mental diversion. Verbal onanism. By the way how do you see sandals behind a ticket office counter, or indeed staff behind a "closed" blind ? Looking forward to your next bit of self indulgent off-topic waffle. I really am... snacker
  • Score: -7

11:50am Wed 30 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

snacker wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
snacker wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
They are making a rod for their own back.

Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.
Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ?

Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....
Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone.

Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money.

Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom?
Avoiding the questions again, well what was I to expect. Hope you enjoyed your own little mental diversion. Verbal onanism. By the way how do you see sandals behind a ticket office counter, or indeed staff behind a "closed" blind ?

Looking forward to your next bit of self indulgent off-topic waffle. I really am...
Go to Leyton Leytonstone or Wanstead for a start.
[quote][p][bold]snacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]snacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: They are making a rod for their own back. Bring on the driverless trains as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Yes and when there's no one left to man stations, ticket offices and trains, who the hell will be around to help people out of trouble if we have another crash, major power failure, or horror like 7/7 ?? Trolls perhaps ? Boris "got in" on amongst other failed promises, the promise that he'd keep ticket stations open for safety reasons and to reassure travellers. No wonder he hasn't the guts to discuss any of the genuine concerns of the workforce he is responsible for....[/p][/quote]Most of the times I have tried to ask for assistance at a station ticket office, I have encountered a 'jobs worth' sandal shuffling disinterested, overweight, mumbling member of staff who unless talking to a colleague about his new extension is highly reluctant to ' assist' anyone. Why is it that one should have to have to view a group of train staff behind a glass screen refusing to assist when machines are not working as they are 'not open?' These inefficiently deployed staff are old hat in these times of modern technology and need to be retrained and made to provide value for money. Why should these redundant staff dictate and hold the whole of London to ransom?[/p][/quote]Avoiding the questions again, well what was I to expect. Hope you enjoyed your own little mental diversion. Verbal onanism. By the way how do you see sandals behind a ticket office counter, or indeed staff behind a "closed" blind ? Looking forward to your next bit of self indulgent off-topic waffle. I really am...[/p][/quote]Go to Leyton Leytonstone or Wanstead for a start. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 8

12:22pm Wed 30 Apr 14

answer= says...

TFL Want the ticket offices to sell to Amazon for parcel collection.
TFL Want the ticket offices to sell to Amazon for parcel collection. answer=
  • Score: 1

11:56pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Villagecranberry says...

answer= wrote:
TFL Want the ticket offices to sell to Amazon for parcel collection.
Good idea, and they will be mobbed out.
[quote][p][bold]answer=[/bold] wrote: TFL Want the ticket offices to sell to Amazon for parcel collection.[/p][/quote]Good idea, and they will be mobbed out. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 1

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