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Workers on one of London Underground's busiest lines to be balloted for strikes

Almost 400 workers on one of London Underground's busiest lines are to be balloted for strikes over a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations.

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Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Piccadilly line will start voting on October 6, with the result due later in the month.

Around 600,000 people travel every day on the Piccadilly line, which runs to and from Heathrow Airport.

RMT members on the Waterloo and City line ended a two-day strike on Wednesday night in a separate row over regrading, while talks over plans for all-night Tube services are continuing.


Workers on commuter line on two-day strike

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Control room staff on the Waterloo & City Line are on strike today and tomorrow in a dispute over pay.

Transport for London has claimed that just three of the six union members affected voted for action. A total of eight employees work in the control room of the commuter line, which connects London Waterloo to Bank tube station.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said bosses had turned down any form of arbitration in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

The industrial action is due to end at 9pm tomorrow.


London Underground workers to strike over regrading row

Workers on a London Underground line are to stage a two-day strike in a regrading row.

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LU management must be clear by now on our members' legitimate and reasonable demand for regrading. The union has re-iterated that we will not accept an offer which is based on a change in staff duties or which would cause a detriment to other members.

– Mick Cash, RMT

Londoners advised to avoid Twickenham trains as World Cup gets underway

Londoners were reminded tonight to try and avoid train services around Twickenham as the Rugby World Cup gets underway.

A message at stations warned services would be exceptionally busy and passengers were advised to make alternative arrangements. Official advice from South West Trains says:

  • Stations and trains will be exceptionally busy in the afternoon and evening
  • Travel before 4pm if possible
  • Leave plenty of time plenty of time to reach your destination
  • Due to exceptionally high numbers of people travelling, passengers may not be able to catch their intended train
  • Be prepared to either queue for a train or wait for a train that has space
  • Be prepared for other crowd management controls to be in place, including one-way systems and temporary changes to station entrances and exits.

We know thousands of supporters are looking forward to the Rugby World Cup and we have done absolutely everything we can to make sure we provide the best possible service for everybody during the tournament."

Our preparations started more than two years ago and a huge amount of work has already taken place to ensure we have extra trains, more staff and extensive information available this Friday and throughout the tournament.

However it is important that all passengers, including rugby supporters, realise that this Friday is a unique situation as rugby supporters will be travelling during the already extremely busy Friday evening peak period.

– Tim Shoveller, Managing Director for South West Trains
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