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Tube strike which threatened huge disruption is suspended

A planned 24-hour strike by drivers on two London Underground lines from tomorrow evening has been suspended following successful talks at the conciliation service Acas.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union on the Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City Lines were due to walk out at 9.30pm, threatening huge disruption to Tube services.

The union said all objectives in the Piccadilly Line dispute have now been achieved, adding it was committed to further talks aimed at a long-term agreement on the Hammersmith and City Line.

Talks with London Underground have proved to be positive and focused and as a result we have been able to make enough significant progress to allow us to suspend the strike action in both disputes that was scheduled for tomorrow evening.

There is no question that the advances we have made have been down to the strength and resilience of our members in the workplace backed up by a determined and professional negotiating team. The solidarity that led to the resounding ballots for action has been absolutely decisive.

– Mick Cash, RMT Union

Piccadilly Line services have been disrupted for the past week because of problems with train wheels.

Broken rail disrupts services on busy commuter line

Train services on a busy commuter line have been disrupted due to a broken rail.

Credit: Network Rail

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services between Gatwick Airport and East Croydon were affected when the problem occurred at around 10am on Monday.

Network Rail, which owns and maintains rail tracks in Britain, said three rails had cracked at a set of points allowing trains to cross from one track to another.

This meant services were diverted via Redhill, from fast to slow lines. The damaged section was expected to have been replaced by a straight piece of track ahead of the Monday evening rush hour.

The message to passengers is we are very sorry for the disruption. Do check before you travel as there will be some knock-on disruption.

– Network Rail


Mayor: Night tube will press ahead on Piccadilly line

Mayor: Night tube will press ahead on Piccadilly line. Credit: ITV London

The night tube will press ahead on the Piccadilly line despite current problems for the service, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has said.

There are real concerns around the breaks and the wheels on those trains.

What's important is that our public transport is safe.

That's why the trains have been repaired in record time.

We need to make sure public transport is safe - particularly aware of the horrific incident in Croydon with the tram.

The night tube won't happen unless it's safe.

I've been reassured that we're on schedule for the final of the five lines to be opened in December.

If there's any doubt whatsoever about the night tube on the Piccadilly line not being safe it wont' go ahead.

It will be safe and therefore it will go ahead.

– London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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