People 'misled over Tube strikes'


Union chiefs attack Trasnsport for London over 'misleading' travellers over Tube strike

Transport for London has been accused of “misleading” travellers over the impact of a strike by thousands of Tube workers which has disrupted services for the fourth time in recent months.

The company said Tube services were running on nearly all lines on Monday morning, adding that “some stations may be currently closed”.

The Rail Maritime and Transport union said the 24-hour walkout over job losses had the greatest impact yet, claiming that “ghost” trains were running as a “PR stunt”.

Thousands of members of the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association walked out at 6.30pm on Sunday in protest at 800 ticket office job cuts.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Once again RMT and TSSA members have stood rock solid in this dispute over Tube safety.

“TfL and LU have been reduced to their usual well-rehearsed lies over services that they claim are running but it is pure fantasy and simply misleads Londoners. The capital is locked down across the board.”

TfL said: “Tube services are running on nearly all lines, despite a strike on London Underground called by the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions.

“The Northern line is running a service across the full length of the line, and the majority of the Victoria, Jubilee, District lines are also being served.”

Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “Services are operating on virtually all lines this morning despite the pointless strike.

“We are doing everything we can to get as many Tube services as possible operating, and to keep Londoners on the move with extra buses, river services, and other alternatives. Londoners will face some disruption, but we intend to continue to run services on nearly all Tube lines, meaning that people will be able to get around.”

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