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London Tube Strike 2022 LIVE: Grant Shapps slams Tube workers ‘repaying’ taxpayers with strikes after Covid bailout

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Strikes ‘bringing misery to many Londoners’ – No 10

Downing Street is urging both sides in the Tube strike to “get around the table” to resolve the issues at hand.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “I think these ongoing strikes clearly are bringing misery to many Londoners, and we want both sides to get around the table and put an end to this disruptive action.

“It’s a blow to businesses as they recover from Covid restrictions and it’s stopping people from getting to work.”

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London MP Nickie Aiken: Tube strike puts women and girls at ‘unnecessary risk’

Nickie Aiken, the MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, said she had concerns for women’s safety as a result of the Tube strike.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Ms Aiken said: “We all know how important it is for women and girls to have a safe route home, especially late at night.

“The Tube and Night Tube are critical to allowing women and girls to travel home safely, and without the lines running, creates an unnecessary risk for those returning after a night out with their friends, or working in the night time economy, of which 60 per cent of workers are women.”

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Bakerloo resumes partial service – but most stops not open

Alongside the Central, District, Northern and Piccadilly Lines which are running a much-reduced service on parts of the line, the Bakerloo is now running a partial service this afternoon.

The service is operating between Queen’s Park and Elephant & Castle at a reduced frequency. However, most stops are not open.

Trains will not call at Lambeth North, Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park, Baker Street, Marylebone, Paddington, Warwick Avenue and Kilburn Park.

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Commuters warned to brace for travel disruption tomorrow

Services will be severely affected on Friday morning by today’s Tube strike, TfL has warned.

Although the RMT union stops its walk-out at midnight, Tube services are not expected to resume until after 8am Friday morning.

TfL said: “In addition to today’s Tube strikes, services will be affected on 4 March.

“No service expected before 8am. Travel after mid-morning. For essential journeys, check your travel.”

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Commuter: Strike means getting mum to hospital is ‘complete nightmare’

A woman has complained about how strike action in London has made getting her mother to the hospital a “complete nightmare”.

Denise Williams, 46, from east London who works in the retail sector, told the PA news agency while waiting for a bus at King’s Cross: “My mum – Doris – is in her 90s and had a bad fall last week.

“I have had to take her to hospital appointments three times a week. Usually the journey is not too bad but the journey today has been a complete nightmare.

“Four buses did not stop. Some were not even busy and I was with an elderly lady. Where is the compassion?

“People were pushing to get onto the bus and nearly hit my mum, who is still recovering.”

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No 10 urges TfL to find quick resolution to strikes

Downing Street has urged TfL and the union to quickly find a resolution and end the “disruptive” action making lives a “misery”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “These ongoing strikes clearly are bringing misery to many Londoners.

“We want both sides to get around the table and put an end to this disruptive action. It’s a blow for businesses as they recover from Covid restrictions and it’s stopping people from from getting to work.

“Obviously, industrial relations are a matter for TfL and the mayor and we want them to find a resolution as quickly as possible.”

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TfL ‘told to embrace driverless trains for long-term funding deal’

Transport for London has been told it must embrace driverless trains as a condition for its long-term funding, according to reports.

The requirement is part of a move to lessen the effectiveness of the RMT which on Thursday called a second strike in a week in a row over job losses and pensions.

It has sparked travel chaos across London, causing most lines on the Underground to be suspended, with commuters facing long waits for buses and taxis to get to work.

Read the full article here.

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Grant Shapps slams RMT strikers

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps slammed RMT strikers on Thursday who have paralysed the Tube again – stressing this was how they were “repaying” taxpayers who saved their jobs during the Covid pandemic.

The Cabinet minister tore into the militant union bosses for causing misery for tens of thousands of Londoners with the industrial action, which is also hampering the city’s economic recovery.

He tweeted the following:

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More information on what Tubes are running

Four out of 11 Tube lines are operating a limited service with trains at a “reduced frequency”. Here’s what’s running, according to Transport for London (TfL):

  • Central Line: Service operating between Loughton and Liverpool Street, between Newbury Park and Liverpool Street via Hainault, and between White City and Ealing Broadway/West Ruislip. Trains are not calling at Bethnal Green and South Woodford.
  • District Line: Service is operating between High Street Kensington and Wimbledon/Ealing Broadway, and between Upminster and West Ham at a reduced frequency. Trains are not calling at Earl’s Court.
  • Northern Line: Service is operating between High Barnet and East Finchley, between Finchley Central and Mill Hill East and between Edgware and Golders Green. Trains are not calling at Brent Cross and Burnt Oak.
  • Piccadilly Line: Service is operating between Acton Town and Hounslow Central at a reduced frequency.
  • All other lines are suspended

The Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR) is running a reduced service due to the strike as follows, according to TfL:

  • No service between Shadwell and Bank. Lewisham services are terminating at Shadwell, and Woolwich Arsenal services are being diverted to Tower Gateway.

The London Overground has only minor delays between Surrey Quays and Clapham Junction due to an earlier faulty train.

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What’s running at the moment?

Seven lines remain completely suspended but there is limited service on the Central, District, Piccadilly and Northern lines.

The Docklands Light Railway is also partly suspended, London Overground has minor delays but TfL rail and trams are running as normal.

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