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New trains to 'recreate the ambiance of the living room'

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The new tube trains will have air-conditioning and walk-through carriages for the first time on the “deep-level” lines, as well as wider doors and step-free access. London Underground claim the interiors will 'recreate the ambiance of the living room, with new levels of comfort for seats and vestibules, pools of lights and electronic notice boards.'

Tube peace talks end with no mention of progress

Talks between the RMT and London Underground to try and avert strike action have ended for the day with no mention of progress on either side.

The conciliation service ACAS, who were hosting the talks, said the parties had gone away to 'reflect':

The RMT union has instructed its members to walk about from 9pm next Tuesday for 48 hours in a long running dispute over tube ticket office closures.


Your views: Do you back next week's Tube strike?

Members of the RMT Union will walkout for 48 hours on Tuesday night after the breakdown of long-running negotiations. Do you back the walkout? Go to our Facebook page or Tweet us @itvlondon

Christine Clark Any excuse. Train new operatives and get rid of this lot. There are plenty who would like their jobs.

Samantha Gardiner They are getting rid of the staff and planning not to replace them. So no staff on the stations. So when something goes wrong what will happen?

Gerry Walshe They are closing ticket offices. Hardly anyone uses them. TFL still need to legally have a certain amount of operating staff at a station before they can operate. So yes, there will be staff at stations!


Tube workers will take strike action next week

London Underground workers will take strike action next week it was announced today. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union have been instructed not to book shifts between 2100 hrs on Tuesday October the 14th and 2059 hrs on Thursday October 16th

This is the latest phase in RMT's Every Job Matters campaign in a long running dispute over Tube ticket office closures. After a recent meeting of reps it was decided that the limited progress made had not been enough and the only option was to move back to strike action.

"RMT will not stand back and allow Government-driven austerity cuts to hollow out the Tube system and leave it as a dangerous shell. We are also fully aware that the current cuts are just part of a multi-billion pound attack that will include such lethal ideas as driverless-operation. "The strike action next week is designed to force the mayor to instruct his senior officials to back away from this toxic cuts package and engage in serious and meaningful negotiations."

– RMT general secretary Mick Cash

Boris Johnson declines challenge to spend a day in a wheelchair

The Mayor's office has confirmed to ITV London that Boris Johnson has declined a challenge by paralympian Hannah Cockcroft to spend a day in a wheelchair using the tube network to get around.

The Mayor thanks Hannah for her passionate efforts to highlight the challenges wheelchair users face using public transport and will ask TfL to work with her to gain further understanding of the issues she raises.

He is very aware of the difficulties that are posed by our 150 year-old Tube network and that the picture for disabled people travelling in the capital is far from perfect.

London has one of the most accessible transport networks in the world, but delivering continued improvements is a key priority for the Mayor.

– Mayor of London

Your views: London's Night Tubes - long overdue?

Transport for London has named September 12th next year as the start date for 24 hour services at weekends. Long overdue? Will it make your weekends easier? Tweet us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page.

Sue Holland That's handy, I live next to Manor House tube and I already have trains rumbling under my home late into the night! Can never have an early night.

Brian Smailes Why not do it now?

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