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Boris not interested in 'staring match' over Tube launch

Boris Johnson urged the unions to keep negotiating Credit: PA Wire

The Mayor of London has said further strike action won't "benefit anyone" as London Underground postponed the launch of the night Tube.

Boris Johnson welcomed the "positive discussions" between LU and the rail unions but said he "wasn't interested" in the service's delayed introduction.

The introduction of night Tube will be a hugely important moment for London and it's right that the positive discussions that are taking place with the unions should continue.

As I've previously made clear, I'm not interested in a staring match over September 12 and I want to see night Tube introduced this autumn.

Agreement on this is in everyone's interests - Londoners, businesses, visitors to our city and the hard-working London Underground staff who are central to making this happen.

Further strike action isn't going to benefit anyone and I'd urge the unions' leadership to keep talking so we can get on and deliver night Tube for London.

– Boris Johnson

Night Tube launch postponed

Credit: PA Wire

The launch of the 24-hour Tube has been postponed.

The service, which has been the cause of strike action by London Underground workers, was due to launch on 12 September but that has now been put on hold.

No new date has been put forward yet.


Tube station temporarily closes due to staff shortage

Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A busy London Underground station temporarily closed for almost an hour because it did not have enough staff.

Travellers who wanted to use Oxford Circus underground, in the heart of central London's busy shopping district, found it was shut from 8.58am to 9.46am, and that trains were not stopping.

Oxford Circus is a connecting hub for the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines.

A Transport for London spokesman said: "Due to a staff shortage, Oxford Circus Underground Station was closed for a short period between 8.58am and 9.46am with trains not stopping at the station. This has now been resolved and all trains are stopping normally.

"During the short station closures, customers could continue to use Tube stations in the area, including Bond Street, Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road."

Passengers were evacuated from the station as an emergency alarm sounded.

A repeated announcement said: "Ladies and gentlemen, your attention please: due to a reported emergency would all passengers leave the station immediately."

A sign reading "Emergency do not enter" was illuminated over the entrances to the station before the gates were closed.

London faces another Tube strike

Another 24 hour strike by workers on the London underground will go ahead today.

Some staff will walk out from 18:30. Tube drivers will join them at 21:30. It's the latest in a dispute over the new all-night service due to start in September.

Last month's strike closed down the entire network and caused widespread disruption. Credit: PA

London Underground makes revised offer to unions to try and stop tube strike

London Underground has made a fresh offer to unions in a bid to try and stop next week's tube strike from taking place.

Underground bosses are trying to stop a second tube strike next week Credit: Reuters

The two sides have been meeting for talks at the conciliation service ACAS to try to break the deadlock over plans to launch a new all-night tube service in September.

Union members walked out earlier this month in the biggest strike for 13 years, in a row over pay and conditions when the new service begins. They rejected an earlier offer from tube bosses aimed at preventing a second 24-hour walkout on August 5th.

However, tube bosses say that for the time being at least, the strike is still on:

We shall be consulting our reps over the weekend and give our response first thing on Monday morning.

As of now, however, the strike still remains on.

– Manuel Cortes, TSSA leader

Tube strike talks to resume today

Talks are due to resume later today to try and avert a second tube strike planned for August 5th.

All four transport unions are due to strike on August 5th Credit: Reuters

Discussions at reconciliation service ACAS between union leaders and tube bosses have so far failed.

All four transport unions are planning to walk out in a row over conditions for staff when the new night tube service begins later this year. Last week's strike was the biggest for 13 years and brought the whole network to a standstill.

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