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Tube strike talks to resume today

Talks are due to resume later today to try and avert a second tube strike planned for August 5th.

All four transport unions are due to strike on August 5th Credit: Reuters

Discussions at reconciliation service ACAS between union leaders and tube bosses have so far failed.

All four transport unions are planning to walk out in a row over conditions for staff when the new night tube service begins later this year. Last week's strike was the biggest for 13 years and brought the whole network to a standstill.

Former TfL boss Sir Peter Hendy takes over at Network Rail

Former Transport for London Commissioner Sir Peter Hendy will start his first day on the job as the new chairman of Network Rail today.

Sir Peter Hendy was a senior figure at TfL for almost 15 years before being made chairman of Network Rail Credit: Transport for London

He was installed in the job by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin late last month. It's hoped he can help rescue Britain's rail network after over-running engineering work at stations such as London Bridge led to a catalogue of delays for commuters. He is expected by the government to undertake a review of Network Rail's investment programme over the next few months.

London Underground boss Mike Brown is taking over as the interim TfL Commissioner until a permanent replacement is recruited.

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