Central Line Tube strike latest updates – commuter fury over travel chaos

ANGRY commuters facing travel chaos this morning as a result of the Central Line strike have blasted workers – with some calling for them ‘to be sacked’.

All services on the Central Line are down as members of the Aslef union walked out in a dispute over industrial relations after last ditch talks to halt the strike failed.

Closed Central Line platform this morning at Liverpool St station
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The strike will also hit services on the Waterloo and City Line, which links Waterloo with the City of London.

On Twitter, MarkHGrainger said: “There are people out there that would looking these guys jobs. Sack the lot of them. They making people hate them.”

Jo Offord blasted: “Stop bullying innocent members of the public by withdrawing their ability to get to work. Treat the public with respect. #centralline”

And Daian added: “I bet these people just go on strike for a day off. I mean come on trains are automated anyways, the driver doesn’t even do anything. This is crippling, destructive behaviour. The central line is vital to the city. #TubeStrike”

Commuters face travel chaos this morning after last-ditch talks failed to avert a strike on the Central Line
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The strike will also hit services on the Waterloo and City Line, which links Waterloo with the City of London.

Union leaders say this is due to a “breakdown of industrial relations” in a long-running dispute with the London Underground.

They say Tube bosses have imposed “unsafe” working practices.

It is believed as many as 800,000 people will be affected by the strike.

Drivers are planning to walk out from midnight and there will also be no Night Tube service as drivers are required to start their shifts at 10pm.

In a tweet, TFL Rail warned of crowd control at some stations this morning.

“Some customers may experience crowd control at some of our stations this morning due to the large volume of Central line passengers using our lines.

“Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you today.”

They added that there is a queuing system in place at Ilford, Manor Park and Forest Gate this morning, and a queuing system may also be put in place at other stations.

Members of Aslef on the Central Line will walk out for 24 hours in a dispute over industrial relations, halting all services
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Hundreds of thousands of London Underground passengers face travel chaos
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A second strike by drivers is planned for November 7.

Nigel Holness, director of network operations for London Underground, said: “I am disappointed that Aslef has chosen to go ahead with this needless strike action, despite positive discussions over recent days.

“In those discussions we have made good progress on resolving most of their issues, but have not been able to agree on the reinstatement of a train driver who was dismissed for a serious breach of our safety regulations. The safety of our customers and staff is paramount and something we will never compromise.

“We remain open for discussions on how to resolve this dispute, and apologise to our customers for the unnecessary disruption.”

Aslef official Finn Brennan said: “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to make real progress at Acas talks.

“The issues at the heart of this dispute are about people being treated fairly and with dignity at work.”

In a ‘triple whammy’ of chaos for commuters, hundreds of South Western Railway (SWR) services into and from London Waterloo will be cancelled due to a 48-hour walkout by RMT union train guards.

Industrial action will begin at 00:01 on Friday, October 5 and will run until 23:59 on Saturday, October 6.

The walkout will be in effect across the network and impact journeys into London terminating at Waterloo, Victoria, Clapham Junction, Wimbledon and Richmond stations.

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