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Tube strikes announced for five lines this weekend

Tube drivers in London are set to go out on strike for a fourth weekend due to an ongoing row over rotas.

Disruption is expected on Friday and Saturday due to the walkout by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

Five Underground lines will be affected from 4.30am on Saturday until 8am on Sunday with a ‘significantly reduced’ service on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria.

It will cause problems for any shopping trips and Christmas parties that haven’t yet been cancelled due to the Omicron wave of Covid.

Previously travellers warned strike action was forcing them onto crowded trains at a time when infections are high in the capital.

Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines for people getting home on Friday night are also set to be disrupted from 7pm.

Transport for London (TfL) said Saturday’s strike could mean there is little service on the lines all day, with trains that are running set to be much busier as a result.

The RMT has objected to the new rosters for the Night Tube which they say are ‘being imposed on drivers.’

TfL wants all drivers to work four night shift weekends each year as opposed to the old system whereby the Night Tube had its own dedicated set of drivers.

Nick Dent, London Underground’s director of customer operations, said: ‘Our view remains that rostering Tube drivers to work up to four night shift weekends each year, which they can swap with colleagues if they wish, is fair and reasonable.

‘We have also guaranteed that there will be no job losses. We urge the RMT to call off this unnecessary strike action, which will reduce the level of service we can run at a time when coronavirus cases are rising.

‘It will not serve any purpose other than to disrupt Londoners and visitors to the city as they enjoy the festivities at this special time of year.’

Meanwhile, night services on London Overground are due to be restored on Friday and Saturday nights from December 17.

These connect Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate and are not subject to the strike action.

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