|Tube Strike To Go Ahead Today|
Disruption for thousands of commuters ahead
The entire London Underground service, a total of 260 stations and eleven lines, is set to be shut down from about 1800 hours today as the tube strike goes ahead, following the failure of last minute talks between unions and management.
Commuters frantic to avoid walking home this evening are expected to pack tubes between 1600 and 1800 as Transport for London ( TfL) warns that the strike- which will run all day Thursday could include some disruption on Friday.
TfL said it would lay on 200 extra buses and river services to cope with increased demand- the congestion charge will remain in place throughout the strike.
The DLR and London Overground services are not affected. TfL says:
Wednesday 8 July
The strike is over the pay and conditions for drivers when the 24 hour tube operation is introduced on certain lines from 12 September.
The offer which includes a 2% rise this year and £2,000 bonus for drivers on the new night Tube was described as a 'full and final' offer by LU's chief operating officer Steve Griffiths.
First Great Western services to and from Paddington will also be disrupted for 48 hours from Wednesday evening due to a strike by the RMT over working conditions.
July 8, 2015