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RNLI 'Mayday' appeal

RNLI lifeboat crews in the capital have saved 420 lives since they began operating on the River Thames.

Its national fundraising campaign 'Mayday' kick's off in the capital today with fundraisers collecting at stations throughout the capital.


Second day of commuter misery at Edgware Road

Commuters face a second day of delays at Edgware Road Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Commuters endured a second successive morning of travel misery due to a signal failure on the Tube today. The problem was at Edgware Road in north west London, as it was yesterday. And once again the same lines were affected, with the Circle line suspended, part closures on the District and Hammersmith & City lines and delays on the Metropolitan line.

Tube victim remembered

A man who was killed on the northern line will be remembered during a league two match this afternoon.

Shrewsbury supporter Nick Mann was trying to pull his brother Robert to safety at Old Street station. Robert is recovering in hospital following the incident.

Nick Mann Credit: Facebook


RMT Union Tube workers to strike tonight

Tube strike begins at 9:30pm Credit: REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Commuters are being urged to check services before they travel on the London Underground tonight, with some disruptions possible. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union will strike from 9:30pm to 3:59am Sunday.

Union members voted for strike action in a dispute over a sacked colleague. The driver was dismissed after failing a breath test at the Northern Line depot in Morden.

London Underground says it has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and alcohol.

"You wouldn't let someone who had been drinking alcohol drive your family in a car, and we don't let people who have been drinking alcohol drive people's families in Tube trains."

– Nick Brown, LU's chief operating officer.

London Underground is assuring customers it intends to run a good service on all lines, but says there is a small chance of disruptions.

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

Ongar anniversary

It's 20 years since the last Central Line service ran to Ongar.

Epping and Ongar Railway are running a special service on the anniversary with a 1960s Tube train.

The historic train that ran the last service from Ongar on 30 September 1994 returned yesterday and will run for two more days.

Contactless payments go live today

From today, if you're travelling by Tube, train or tram in London you'll be able to use your bank card rather than having to top up your Oyster card. Transport for London say network-wide contactless payments- which have been operating on London buses since 2012- will reduce the time it takes for people to use the city's transport.

Underground contactless payments go live Credit: PA

Contactless payments work in the same way as Oyster cards, which are still valid. The new payment option, which is part of a range of improvements TfL is making for customers, means that there will no longer be any need to spend time topping up Oyster balances because fares are charged directly to payment card accounts.

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