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Last-ditch bid to avert Underground strike begins

The London Underground and Rail, Maritime and Transport are holding last-ditch talks just hours before a three day strike, that could affect millions of people across London and surrounding areas.

Conciliation service Acas said the talks between the RMT and London Underground started at 10am.

RMT union members are set to walk out of their jobs for three days at 9pm this evening, in a long-running dispute with the London Underground over ticket office closures.

A two-day strike last week caused huge disruption, with roads clogged as people switched to other forms of transport.

More: RMT: Cuts to 'safety-critical' Tube jobs led us to strike

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Tube strike starts tonight

Scenes during last week's Tube strikes Credit: ITV News

Tube workers will begin a three day strike at 9pm this evening, in a row over ticket office closures and job losses.

It follows a two day walkout by RMT members, over the same dispute, last week.

TfL says changing bus lanes for strikes would cause more disruption

During the recent RMT strike the largest number of buses ever were deployed on London's streets, carrying around an extra million passengers and playing a crucial role in keeping London moving. To allow additional traffic to use our bus lanes, including private hire vehicles, would only cause disruption to these services which would make no sense at all.

– Leon Daniels, Managing Director, TfL's Surface Transport

Mayor claims London is being 'held to ransom' by RMT

London Mayor Boris Johnson at London Bridge Underground Station Credit: Press Association

London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed this evening that London is being 'held to ransom' by the RMT Union over next week's planned Tube strike.

His comments came as talks between London Underground and unions bosses finished today with the planned three day stoppage still on.

The Mayor said: said: "Once again London is being held to ransom by a minority of just one union, the RMT, who, unlike the other three unions, and on a ballot taken last November with just 30 per cent support, is digging in its heels and refusing to play its part in shaping the future of the Tube."

"Less than three per cent of journeys involve a visit to Victorian era ticket offices, which cost Londoners £50 million a year to run. It makes absolutely no sense to keep them open.

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RMT member 'told Boris not to give in on ticket offices'

Boris Johnson has claimed that an RMT member told him not to "give in" on the issue of ticket office closures on the London Underground.

London Underground management and RMT leaders are involved in talks at conciliation service Acas as they attempt to avert a planned 72-hour Tube strike next week.

"He said 'I'm an RMT member. Whatever you do don't give in.This is the right thing to do' - and that's what we're going to do," the mayor said.

The union staged a 48-hour strike earlier this week.

Sandwiches served as RMT and LU talks continue

Sandwiches have been served at Acas as talks between London Underground management and the RMT union continue.

ITV London's Political Correspondent Simon Harris tweeted:

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