Travel chaos feared as strike hits Central line

08:00 22 August 2014

Gants Hill Underground station

Gants Hill Underground station


Central line users in Redbridge face travel chaos today because of a strike by Tube drivers.

Aslef union members who work on the route - which has 11 stops in the borough - will walk out for 24 hours in a move which will also hit the Waterloo & City line in central London.

London Underground has warned that services on the two lines, used by almost a million passengers a day, will be “severely disrupted”.

Parts, or all of both lines may be suspended and any trains that do run will be at reduced frequency, with no trains running early in the morning or late at night.

Nigel Holness, LU’s operations director, said: “We will have staff and volunteers across the network to help customers with their journeys, but I advise people to plan ahead and check before they travel.”

Finn Brennan of Aslef said: “This dispute has been brought about by management intransigence on a range of issues, but at its heart is management’s refusal to treat drivers with the respect and dignity they deserve at work.

“Our members will not tolerate a situation where vulnerable people leave sickness review meetings in tears and drivers with years of good and long service are threatened with disciplinary action for a delay of 33 seconds in leaving a terminus.”

Update 8.10am

Transport for London says there are “severe delays between Leytonstone and Epping”.

Update 8.30am

TfL says there remain “severe delays” between Leytonstone and Epping, with the stretch between White City and Ealing Broadway also affected and no service on the rest of the line.

Update 2pm

There is no Central line service through Redbridge at all. Trains are only running between White City and West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway with “severe delays”.


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