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London commuters warn of transport crisis as strike progresses

People, some wearing protective face masks, walk on a stage at Oxford Circus underground station, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in London on July 4, 2021. (Henry Nichols/Reuters)

LONDON – London’s transport operator warned customers on Thursday that strike action could extend into next week causing disruption to the underground network.

The walkout is planned for between August 24 and 27 and will mean significantly reduced service on all lines for most of the week, and travel may need to be completed early, Transport for London said.

The first two walkouts of the 24 hours are scheduled to begin at noon on Tuesday and last until one minute before noon on Wednesday. The second will begin at noon on Thursday and last until one minute before noon on Friday.

Underground passenger numbers are less than half their pre-pandemic levels, putting financial strain on TfL, which has required multiple bailouts from the government over the past 18 months.

Rail, Maritime and Transport unions have called for a strike over changes to London’s night tube service. The separate pool of designated night-time drivers is to be abolished, which the union said will lead to cuts in part-time jobs.

Transport for London said the change would allow it to operate all Tube services more efficiently and no drivers would lose their jobs as a result.

Nick Dent, London Underground’s Director of Customer Operations, said: “This new arrangement means all drivers are given the opportunity for full-time work and long-term job certainty, while Londoners can continue to rely on the regularity of Tube services.” .

by Andrew McAskill

Reuters

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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