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Public offered rare walks through Thames Tunnel

The Thames Tunnel runs from Rotherhithe to Wapping

Transport for London are offering rare walking tours through the London Overground Thames Tunnel this weekend, while trains are suspended for engineering work.

The £18 ticket cost will go to charity - but all 4,000 sold out in just 4 hours.

The tunnel was constructed in the 18th century, and it's only the second time in 150 years it has been open to the public.

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Strike to cause travel chaos over Carnival weekend

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RMT strike to go ahead this weekend over jobs dispute Credit: Transport for London

The Rail Maritime and Transport workers union has confirmed that a strike on London Overground services will go ahead this weekend after an agreement was not reached over job cuts.

The RMT claims that 130 guard jobs are at risk over plans to run driver-only services on some trains. They will walk out for 48 hours from 00:01 on Sunday August 25th.

The strike takes place over the weekend of Notting Hill Carnival and is expected to cause widespread disruptions to services, especially on the Richmond and Clapham Junction to Stratford Junction routes.

Transport for London said they were working hard to keep as many services running as possible and there will be alternative Tube, bus and rail services available.

London Overground strike statement

London Overground has released a statement, following news that the RMT union is planning a series of strikes in protest at the removal of guards from its trains.

We are disappointed by the result of the ballot, but would highlight that fewer than half of our 124 conductors voted, and only 43% of those voted in favour of industrial action.

We believe industrial action is unnecessary. LOROL continues to give the RMT assurances on employing conductors in alternative customer service roles and offering a generous voluntary redundancy package to those who want it.

We urge the RMT to work with us to maintain progress in safeguarding jobs and avoid disruption to passengers.If industrial action goes ahead on Sunday August 25th and Monday August 26th we believe we will still be able to run a regular service on the majority of the London Overground network with alternative arrangements for the routes affected. We will update our customers when we have more information.

– Peter Austin, London Overground managing director

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RMT overground strike threat

by Simon Harris
TfL wants to cut guards on services on the North London Line Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA

The rail union RMT is threatening strikes on London Overground in a row over plans to axe more than 100 guards. Transport for London wants to switch to driver-only trains on the North London Line from Stratford to Richmond and Clapham.

TfL says 130 posts will disappear, saving £5m a year. RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: "The news that millions of passengers are to be put at risk through plans to throw guards of London Overground trains on north London routes will send shockwaves through transport services."

Bob Crow claims that passengers will be put at risk by plans for driver-only trains Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Transport for London insisted the guards are no longer needed to open and close doors and the move would bring services in line with other parts of the Overground network.

Acting Director of TfL London Rail, Jonathan Fox, said: "The safety of our customers and staff is paramount and these proposals will maintain our excellent safety record."

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