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London Underground contacts ACAS for fresh talks over Tube dispute

London Underground bosses have contacted the conciliation service to help arrange fresh talks over the Tube pay dispute, which closed down the network today, causing travel misery for millions.

People queue for buses inside Liverpool Street Station Credit: PA

ACAS was asked to help get the two sides back around the negotiating table to avoid a repeat of the 24-hour strike.

TfL says the bus network is performing well, but traffic is heavy, and the rush hour was starting early for the second day in a row.

We thank Londoners for their patience today as we work hard to help them make their journeys. It's been very busy, particularly on the bus and road networks, although many people are travelling outside peak hours and walking and cycling. Our staff are working hard to help by providing maps, travel advice and other information. We are, as we always have been, ready to talk at any time to sort out this dispute.

– Steve Griffiths, London Underground

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