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Metro strike: Passengers warned not to travel during next week’s action


Donors have been told not to travel on the metro next Tuesday and Wednesday amid widespread industrial action on the network.

Transport for London (TfL) said the strike would cause severe disruption on all Tube lines.

It comes as some 10,000 Tube workers from the RMT and Unite unions prepare for a second day of strike action this month after the network shut down on June 6.

Separate industrial action taking place on Britain’s rail network is also set to wreak havoc on commuters. Disputes have erupted over pay, jobs and conditions, with the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) announcing new rail strike ballots on Wednesday, raising the threat of a prolonged summer of disruption.

TfL said it expected “serious disruption or no service” on all Tube lines on Tuesday if the strike continues, with no services running until 8am on Wednesday.

Network Rail has given similar advice not to travel when half of Britain’s rail lines are closed during strikes on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week.

They urged customers to avoid making trips on Wednesdays until mid-morning.

Meanwhile, Londoners looking to use the Tube services operating on Tuesday have been told to complete their journeys by 6 p.m.

Bus services are likely to be “extremely busy” following the strikes, they said.

TfL has advised anyone wishing to travel to consider walking or cycling.

Meanwhile, strikes taking place on the UK rail network are also expected to disrupt TfL services, including the London Overground.

A reduced service will operate on the London Overground and the newly opened Elizabeth line on June 21, 23 and 25.

Disruption due to the national railway strike will also affect customers on mornings when no strike action is expected, including Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The RMT strike continues on the Night Tube, but TfL said it was providing good service on the Victoria and Jubilee lines, with at least three trains per hour. A regular service also operates on the Central Line with at least two trains per hour.

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said the majority of Tube stations will be closed next week and no services will operate.

“Subway alternatives are likely to be much busier than usual and we expect the severe disruption caused by this strike to continue into the morning of Wednesday June 22. I am truly sorry for the impact this will have on movement of people,” he said.

“This strike is particularly frustrating because it comes so soon after the industrial action earlier this month, no changes have been proposed to pensions and no one has lost or will lose their jobs as a result of the proposals we have presented.

“We urge the RMT and Unite to call off this strike and work with us to find a solution and avoid the huge disruption this action will cause to the movement of people and our economic recovery.”

TfL said it met with RMT and union officials on Wednesday but was unable to resolve the pay and pension dispute.

They have denied claims that they will not recruit between 500 and 600 positions when they become vacant.

The RMT has called for talks with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Chancellor Rishi Sunak, with union general secretary Mick Lynch accusing the Treasury of ‘taking the reins’ and not allowing rail employers to reach a negotiated settlement .

Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines denied the claim, saying the Treasury had established a financial framework.

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