TfL brings in extra services

LONDONERS trying to beat today’s underground strike will be able to make use of over 100 extra buses, 10,000 more places on riverboat services and a Tube service operating at 40 per cent capacity, Transport for London (TfL) has said.

The strike is due to end at 9pm today after a 24-hour walk-out. However, TfL says it cannot promise that normal services will resume until tomorrow morning.

In zone one, all lines except the Circle and Piccadilly lines will have some services running, although trains are likely to be less frequent than normal. In other zones, most stations will be closed but could open late in the evening when the strike has officially ended. Buses and riverboats will run extra services while the overground, Tramlink and Docklands Light Railway will operate as normal. Volunteers will also hand out walking and cycling guides at Tube stops.

CBI deputy general director John Cridland said: “Just 33 per cent of balloted members supported the strike – only 17 per cent of the total London underground workforce.”

The biggest Tube transport unions, RMT and TSSA, say they are striking in protest at 800 job losses. Three hundred of the jobs are to be shed through not filling vacated posts.