No agreement after tube peace talks

The dispute over ticket office closures was deadlocked tonight with millions of commuters almost certain to be caught in the crossfire.

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New trains aim to be 'Boris bus of the Underground'

The new Routemaster bus used on the 38 route passes Credit: PA

The managing director of the London Underground has said that he wants the next generation of Tube trains to echo the style of the Boris bus, according to the Evening Standard.

The newspaper reported Mike Brown saying he was "unashamedly" branding the rains as the New Tube for London.

Full details of LU’s £16 billion order for almost 200 new trains for the deep-level Central, Bakerloo, Waterloo & City and Piccadilly lines will soon be published, with bidders expected to include Bombardier and Siemens as well as Hitachi and Spain’s CAF.

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Boris Johnson tells Bob Crowe during radio phone-in to 'call off this pointless strike'

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

During his radio phone-in on LBC 97.3, Boris Johnson told Bob Crow: "What you have got to do is call off this pointless strike which will do nothing but cost your members. London's Mayor told the RMT Union leader to "do the right thing for yourself, for your members for London, get round the table."

Pictures from LBC 97.3

Bob Crow calls Boris Johnson during radio phone-in

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Bob Crow has called in to Boris Johnson's LBC 97.3 phone-in saying: "All we want is to express our view. All we want is in an opportunity to talk."

Boris Johnson, speaking on LBC 97.3 Credit: Press Association

Boris Johnson responds by saying: "The best way to engage is to call off the strike and I will be happy to sit down and talk... but I can't sit down and negotiate with a gun held to the head of Londoners."

Bob Crow planning to confront Boris Johnson over strike

by Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

RMT leader Bob Crow has revealed on live radio his "secret" plan to ambush Boris Johnson at City Hall. Crow plans to turn up uninvited at the Mayor's office with TSSA leader Manuel Cortes. The confrontation plan was hatched last night following the breakdown of peace talks at ACAS.

RMT General Secretary, Bob Crow Credit: Press Association

READ MORE: Line-by-line guide of the affected services during the strike

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Bob Crow's message to RMT members as talks break up without agreement

Further talks took place today under the auspices of ACAS in a last ditch effort to resolve the dispute over the 1,000 job cuts and the closure of all ticket offices.

Despite the best efforts of your negotiators, who have spent over seven days at Acas trying to resolve the matter, management has refused to budge.

They have refused to stop seeking volunteers during the consultation period which makes a mockery of the whole process.

As a result of the above, our campaign of industrial action continues with strike action commencing across the company tomorrow. I urge you to stand shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues during the strike to stop these unnecessary and politically motivated cuts to LU staff and services.

– Bob Crow, RMT Union

'Cooling-off period' dismissed by rail unions

We proposed a cooling-off period which would have seen the unions lift their threat of strike action while we would extend our formal consultation period and continue talks at Acas.

However, the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA continue to threaten strikes. This is despite our commitment that all Tube stations will remain staffed and controlled at all times when services are operating.

In future, there will be more staff in ticket halls and on platforms to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journeys and to keep them safe and secure.

– Phil Hufton, London Underground Chief Operating Officer
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