Caroline Pidgeon, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly says spreading the closures over such a long period of time is more disruptive to passengers.
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As much of the work as possible to be done overnight
London Underground's Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines' programme director Stuart Harvey said today:
"All railways require a programme of maintenance and we will soon be carrying out work on the tunnel lining on a section of the Jubilee line.
This is part of ongoing maintenance and, due to the nature of the work, some closures during weekends will unfortunately be required between Finchley Road and Waterloo."
He went on: " We will be doing as much of the work as possible overnight; however, in some cases we need to carry on beyond normal overnight engineering hours and normal weekend services will not be able to operate.
I apologise to customers for the disruption. We'll be keeping the impact to a minimum by spreading the work out and including some later-starting services on Sunday mornings to minimise the overall number of closures."
Stations between Finchley Road and Waterloo affected
The work - to the tunnel lining on the Jubilee line between Finchley Road and Waterloo - includes six-day closures of stations during Christmas 2013 and Christmas 2014. There will also be a closure of the section over Easter 2014.
The work covers a number of weekends and bank holiday periods from June this year to the end of 2014, with the possibility of some additional closures in 2015 in order to complete the maintenance.
Following constructive negotiations and agreement on some key principles, and with an agreement to further talks, RMT can confirm that drivers’ strike action on the Jubilee Line scheduled to commence at 00.01 hours on the 2nd of April has been suspended.
London Underground statement on suspended strike action
I am pleased that the ASLEF and RMT leaderships have agreed to resolve this dispute without disruption to our customers. The unions raised a number of issues with us, all of which we addressed. Our approach is always to follow the agreed processes to their conclusion and to seek to engage the unions in constructive discussion in order to resolve matters without impacting on Londoners.
– Howard Collins, London Underground's Chief Operating Officer
Talks at Acas continue today over planned industrial action on Tuesday 2nd April. Yesterday a spokesman said:"Productive talks were held today at Acas between London Underground, RMT and Aslef. The parties have adjourned for the evening to consider their positions."
Should the strike on Tuesday 2nd April go ahead, reduced services will operate on the Jubilee line, with customers advised to seek alternative routes and avoid busy interchange stations if possible.
London Underground has said today they will run as many trains as possible on the Jubilee line, but there will be no service between Stanmore and Wembley Park.