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Tube strike set to cause massive disruption

Tube strike set to cause massive disruption

The strike, beginning on Sunday at 6pm and continuing throughout Monday, would see nearly all zone 1 stations shut and a "severely reduced service" across the network.

General secretary Mick Cash said: 'Despite huge efforts by the union negotiating team, London Underground have failed to come up with any serious plans to tackle the staffing and safety crisis caused by the axing of almost 900 safety-critical station jobs.

Almost 4,000 station and ticket staff are walking out for 24 hours on Sunday evening in a dispute over job losses and ticket closures.

It said it was committed to looking at recommendations in a recent report by London Travelwatch into the closure of ticket offices.

The unions say staff and passenger safety has been affected by hundreds of job losses and the closure of ticket offices announced by previous London mayor Boris Johnson. We agree that we need more staff in our stations and have already started to recruit 150 extra staff.

We encourage the trade unions to continue working with us in order to resolve this dispute and deliver the customer service our customers expect. We are recruiting additional staff for stations and believe this will help us to provide a better service.

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The Victoria or Waterloo & City lines will also not be running and there will be a limited service on the District, Circle and Hammersmith and City lines.

There will also be no service on the North Acton to West Ruislip branch of the central line, and the Piccadilly line will run between Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but they won't stop at Terminals 4 and 5.

Talks aimed at putting off a major Tube strike by London Underground workers next week have collapsed, meaning the walkout will go ahead, the Press Association reported this afternoon.

DLR services will be running, but TfL said they will be much busier than usual and there may be changes to services towards Bank, with trains instead terminating at Shadwell or Tower Gateway.

The way of industrial unrest has spread to the London Underground after months of walk-outs on the busy Southern Rail routes.

Normal services are expected to resume by the morning of Tuesday 10 January.