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.
The leader of the biggest tube union has signalled new battles ahead as the Underground enters an unprecedented period of modernisation.
A tube strike which threatened to cause misery for millions of commuters was called off at the last minute today.
The largest Tube union, the RMT, will decide this afternoon whether to call off tonight's 48 hour strike.