London tube strikes

Talks to be held to avoid FA Cup Tube strike

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Talks are to be held in a bid to avert a strike by London Underground workers over the weekend of the FA Cup Final in a dispute over safety.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union are set to walk out for three days on 17 May, the day before the showpiece game at Wembley Stadium between Manchester City and Watford.

Thousands of fans would be hit by any disruption to Tube services.

The union has accused London Underground of cutting train preparations, inspections and maintenance which it says threatens safety - however London Underground denies the claims.

Talks between the two sides will be held at the conciliation service Acas on Friday.

The union is planning to hold a protest at City Hall next week urging London mayor Sadiq Khan to intervene.

The RMT said around 1,000 of its members, working on maintenance and other areas, are involved in the row.

Central Line Tube strike cancelled

The Tube strike scheduled for tomorrow and Saturday has been cancelled, the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said.

RMT changed its mind on the action - which would have caused misery for Christmas shoppers over the weekend - after "enough progress" was made in talks with London Underground.

Union members were due to walk out for six hours on Friday evening and most of Saturday.

An RMT spokesman said: "The union has warned that if further substantial progress isn't made in a number of key areas further action will be put on in the new year."

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “It's good news for Londoners that the strike planned on the Central Line this weekend has been called off. The strike would have caused major disruption for commuters and shoppers around the busy Christmas period.

“Since I became Mayor the number of days lost to strikes on the tube has been reduced by 65%. This is because we have listened to the concerns of workers and engaged in constructive dialogue with the trade unions. I want to wish all passengers and staff across London an enjoyable and happy Christmas.”

Last-minute talks to avert Christmas Tube strikes

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Last-ditch talks are being held in a bid to avert a strike on London Underground which threatens travel misery for Christmas shoppers this weekend.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union on the Central Line are due to walk out for six hours on Friday evening and most of Saturday.

The strike will cripple services on the line, one of the busiest in the capital, and halt its Night Tube on Friday.

The two sides will meet on Wednesday at the conciliation service Acas.

Transport for London plans cuts

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London's transport authority is planning to cut jobs and investments as it faces growing financial pressures.

Transport for London (TfL) has been hit by the loss of a £700m annual government grant, delays to Crossrail and reduced fare revenue.

Its draft five-year business plan sets out how it intends to reduce "back and middle office costs" by 30%, which will involve job losses.

Schemes to improve signalling on the Piccadilly line and deep Tube lines to enable London Underground trains to run closer together will be paused, as will work to transform Camden Town station.

Finn Brennan of train drivers' union Aslef described the plan as "terrible news for passengers".

He said: "These cuts mean that for decades ahead, overcrowding on the Tube will get worse and worse.

"There will also be more cuts to staff numbers and station upgrade programs inevitably leading to more delays."