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Central line Tube strike starts at 9pm

PUBLISHED: 17:05 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:05 21 February 2017

Underground stations closed due to industrial action. Picture: Ken Mears

Underground stations closed due to industrial action. Picture: Ken Mears

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Thousands of Tube passengers face disruption because of the 24-hour walkout by members of the RMT union from 9pm tonight.

The Central line will be affected with no service east of Leytonstone. The strike is the second to take place on the line within a month.

The dispute is said to be over the “forced” transfer of eight drivers from their home depots at the eastern end of the line, including one in Hainault, to others in central London, meaning they have further to travel.

With no service at stations including Woodford, South Woodford, Newbury Park and Hainault, Ilford is expected to be extremely busy.

Bus routes, too, are likely to be crowded.

Peter McNaught, operations director for the Central line, said: “We have made all reasonable efforts to resolve this dispute through talking through the issues with the unions, and we have minimised the number of employees affected from over 30 to eight.

“We urge them to engage with us to resolve this issue and to withdraw the strike action, which will only cause needless disruption to Londoners.”

Mick Cash, RMT general secretary, said: “RMT negotiators have made strenuous efforts through the Acas, conciliation service, machinery to resolve this dispute but the door has been slammed in our faces.”


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