Night time Tube companies in London can be disrupted once more this weekend, as drivers strike in a dispute over new rosters.
Transport for London (TfL) has warned people who journeys on the Central and Victoria strains could also be “severely disrupted” from 7pm on Friday and Saturday night.
Walkouts by Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union members will happen on these strains for eight hours.
Why are drivers hanging?
The union is disputing rosters that they are saying have been imposed with out settlement, with the Night time Tube’s return solely lately introduced after 20 months closed.
London Underground (LU) insists drivers will solely be required to work as much as 4 evening shift weekends a 12 months, and that they’ve the choice of swapping shifts with colleagues.
There can even be no job losses and drivers can keep part-time if desired, LU says.
However RMT normal secretary Mick Lynch stated that the strike motion was as a consequence of LU rejecting a proposal on Tuesday.
Mr Lynch stated: “They’re now prolonging a dispute that may price them greater than settling as a result of their managers have made a sequence of errors and do not need to admit it publicly.”
Journey recommendation for this weekend
Nick Dent, LU’s director of buyer operations, has apologised to prospects for the disruption, urging them to verify earlier than travelling on the Victoria and Central strains.
“Think about using buses the place potential,” he suggested.
The Night time Tube’s return was announced in October, having been suspended since March 2020 in the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was meant to be again from 27 November, in time for the busy Christmas interval.
“We all know that is the very last thing London wants in the intervening time because it tries to get better from the pandemic,” stated Mr Dent.
There are already issues that the government’s new Plan B measures will result in lower footfall on public transport due to the do business from home steerage.