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Tube strike which threatened huge disruption is suspended

A planned 24-hour strike by drivers on two London Underground lines from tomorrow evening has been suspended following successful talks at the conciliation service Acas.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City Lines were due to walk out at 9.30pm, threatening huge disruption to Tube services.

The union said all objectives in the Piccadilly Line dispute have now been achieved, adding it was committed to further talks aimed at a long-term agreement on the Hammersmith and City Line.

Talks with London Underground have proved to be positive and focused and as a result we have been able to make enough significant progress to allow us to suspend the strike action in both disputes that was scheduled for tomorrow evening.

There is no question that the advances we have made have been down to the strength and resilience of our members in the workplace backed up by a determined and professional negotiating team. The solidarity that led to the resounding ballots for action has been absolutely decisive.

– Mick Cash, RMT Union

Piccadilly Line services have been disrupted for the past week because of problems with train wheels.

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Broken rail disrupts services on busy commuter line

Train services on a busy commuter line have been disrupted due to a broken rail.

Credit: Network Rail

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon were affected when the problem occurred at around 10am on Monday.

Network Rail, which owns and maintains rail tracks in Britain, said three rails had cracked at a set of points allowing trains to cross from one track to another.

This meant services were diverted via Redhill, from fast to slow lines. The damaged section was expected to have been replaced by a straight piece of track ahead of the Monday evening rush hour.

The message to passengers is we are very sorry for the disruption. Do check before you travel as there will be some knock-on disruption.

– Network Rail

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Freezing fog weather warning issued for rush hour

The Met Office says dense patches of freezing fog will form during this evening rush hour.

Weather warning for fog in London and the South East Credit: Met Office

A weather warning has been issued for London and the South East with visibility expected to be less than 100 metres in places.

With little cloud and light winds fog is expected to readily develop during Monday evening, affecting the evening rush hour in some areas as well as the morning rush hour on Tuesday.

Fog is then expected to be locally slow to lift and clear on Tuesday, lingering for much of the morning and perhaps onwards into the afternoon in some spots.

– Met Office
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