Boris: Unions to return to full discussions with TfL

I'm pleased the TSSA and the RMT have agreed to call-off their planned strike following talks with Transport for London. It means further unnecessary disruption to London and Londoners has been averted.

TfLs negotiators have been ready since November to discuss the detail around ticket office closures and wider modernisation of the tube. It's welcome news that the unions appear to recognise that, and will return to full and substantive discussions with TfL between now and the end of the consultation period in early April.

Modernisation is essential if we are to properly serve the millions of Londoners who rely on the tube every day, and who expect a bigger, better service that offers value for money whilst protecting future investment. It is essential that our hard-working and dedicated staff, who are vital to the delivery of that vision, understand the changes we are proposing.

Sitting down to discuss those proposals, free from the prospect of strike action, was always the only sensible way forward. I'm grateful to TfLs negotiating team and pleased the unions agree this is the right way forward.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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Both unions suspend strike action on London Underground

The RMT and TSSA unions have suspended strike on London Underground after reaching a deal over ticket office closures.