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Further tube strikes threatened

Tube drivers on the Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City lines will be balloted for strike action, it emerged yesterday, in a dispute over new timetables.

Union bosses are meeting today to approve a ballot for the 250 drivers at Neasden depot, which serves the two lines. The threat brings yet more bad news for commuters, who are already facing face pre-Christmas strikes by the RMT and Unite unions in a row over pay.