Commuters braced for disruption as Tube strike looms

Last-ditch talks aimed at averting strikes by London Underground workers in a row over ticket office closures are to be held.

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Last-ditch bid to avert strikes by Tube workers

Last-ditch talks aimed at averting strikes by London Underground (LU) workers in a row over ticket office closures are to be held.

Last-ditch talks aimed at averting strikes by London Underground Credit: PA

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are set to walk out for 48 hours from 9pm tomorrow and for three days from the same time the following Monday.

Passengers have been warned to expect disruption to Tube services as well as delays on other forms of transport in the capital.

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PM 'should demand explanation over ticket closures'

David Cameron should be questioning Boris Johnson on why he has decided to close ticket offices instead of attacking Tube workers, the RMT said today.

Responding to Mr Cameron's claims that the strike was "unjustified", Mick cash, RMT acting general secretary, said:

Instead of attacking Tube workers who are fighting to defend jobs and safety David Cameron should be hauling in his Tory colleague Boris Johnson to explain why he has turned his promise to Londoners not to close ticket offices on its head and is now hell bent on axing every single one of them.

We will not allow the future of the tube to be turned into a battleground in the war between Cameron and Johnson for the Tory party leadership.

Read: New war of words erupts over Tube ticket office closures

Cameron criticises 'unjust and unacceptable' Tube strike

David Cameron has labelled next week's planned Tube strike as "completely unjustified and unacceptable".

The RMT union has called five days of strike action amid an ongoing row over Tube ticket office closures.

David Cameron has condemned next week's planned Tube strike. Credit: PA Wire

Talks between London Undergorund and the RMT have so far failed to find a resolution and avert the strike.

“Next week’s Tube strike is completely unjustified and unacceptable," the Prime Minister told the Evening Standard.

“It will hit millions of hard-working families across the capital and cause chaos for businesses. Ed Miliband must make clear he condemns this strike without reservation.”

Read: Warning posters appear at stations ahead of Tube strike

Tube strike to affect Chelsea's match with Atletico

Fans travelling to Chelsea's match against Atletico Madrid next Wednesday will be affected by next week's Tube strike.

There is expected to be very limited Tube services to stations near Stamford Bridge as a result of the 48-hour strike and TfL have warned supporters to expect "significant disruption".

Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final next Wednesday. Credit: PA Wire

Fans have been advised to use other means of transport to make their way to and from the stadium.

If the strike goes ahead it will affect services from 9pm on Monday April 28 for two days and again from 9pm on Monday May 5 for three days.

Chelsea are aiming to progress to the Champions League final after grinding out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the tie in Madrid.

Visit Chelsea's website to find a list of alternative routes to Stamford Bridge in preparation for next week's game

Warning posters appear at stations ahead of Tube strike

Posters warning commuters about the effect of the Tube strike have appeared at stations ahead of Monday's planned 48-hour walkout.

Talks between London Underground and the RMT union have so far failed to avert the strike.

ITV London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris tweeted:

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Tube strike alert! Warning posters appear at stations ahead of Monday's 48-hour walkout by the RMT. @itvlondon http://t.co/d6NXz5M1Rd

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Read: New war of words erupts over Tube ticket office closures

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RMT will take part in Tube talks later today

The RMT union will take part in talks later today as London Underground bids to halt next week's Tube strike.

ITV London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris tweeted:

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RMT negotiator John Leach says the union will take part in talks later today. @itvlondon

The union also disputed London Underground figures claiming 950 jobs would be affected by plans to modernise the Tube.

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RMT claims detailed analysis of LU plans reveals 1,700 not 950 job losses. @itvlondon

Read: Tube plans will 'radically improve customer service'

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