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London tube strikes: What lines are closed today?

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On Friday, drivers from six London Underground Tube lines staged a 24-hour walkout, affecting the Piccadilly, Victoria, Northern, Central, Waterloo & City and Jubilee lines. Transport for London (TfL) says it was operating just 60 percent of services from 4.30am on Friday to 4.30am on Saturday.

What lines are closed on Saturday?

While industrial action has ceased for now, this isn’t the end.

The Night Tube – which was due to reopen this weekend after more than a year of suspension due to the pandemic – now looks sure to be closed.

The Night Tube, only due to run on the Victoria and Central lines, is now expected to be cancelled as drivers have been told not to work between 8.30pm on Saturday and 4.30am on Sunday.

And another full-day walkout is currently scheduled for Saturday 18 December should no agreement be reached, and eight more nights of disruptions are planned before Christmas.

TfL said: “TfL will do all it can to provide as many transport options as possible, but Londoners are advised to check before they travel and leave more time for journeys.”

But it added the strikes would “cause disruption to Londoners and the city’s recovery”.

Bus services will still run in full but are expected to be busier than usual, so TfL is advising people to walk or cycle where possible.

Why are these strikes happening?

The strikes have been called due to new rosters for Tube drivers

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), representing the drivers, said changes to working rotas would destroy members’ work-life balance.

RMT said TfL had “ripped up” an agreement on Night Tube driving by changing rosters.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The Tube strike action this morning is rock solid in all depots and the widespread impact on services is solely down to management failure to recognise and address the anger of their staff at the imposition of damaging and unacceptable working practices.

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“This action was wholly avoidable if LU bosses hadn’t attempted to bulldoze through arrangements that abolished the Night Tube driver grade, lumping everyone into a central pool where they can be shunted about at will in a drive to cut costs.

“Our members have spoken this morning and it’s time for London Underground to start listening.”

But rail bosses have reacted with fury, saying the action was “unnecessary”.

TfL said: “This strike action has been called despite the new rosters including assurances that there will be no job cuts, providing certainty and the option of permanent work for those on part-time contracts and only requiring four night shift weekends per year.”

TfL said RMT had failed to offer “any workable alternatives to the roster changes and refused a recent offer to jointly review the Night Tube after a trial period”.

Professor Tony Travers, director of the London School of Economics’ London centre, said the strike put the Tube network’s future at risk.

He said: “It appears the Tube unions are prepared to ignore the perilous state Transport for London is in.

“Most people now know how to work from home, so there’s a risk the strike will encourage a ‘managed decline’ of the underground with fewer jobs.

“The unions’ position has never been weaker.”

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