Tube Strikes: Commuters vent their frustrations over major disruptions – ‘Actually fuming’

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Major strikes are set to take place starting November 26 and leading up to Christmas, starting with a walkout at 4am today. Strikes are planned to take place every weekend at 8:30pm to 4:30am every Saturday and Sunday, starting today.

TFL has warned the strikes could lead to a “significantly reduced service on these lines all day with little or no service in places”.

Unless an agreement is not reached between Transport for London (TFL) and union bosses, the strikes are planned to continue until December 18.

The action is prompted by the reopening of the Night Tube which has been closed since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Night Tube lines started in 2016 and ran on certain routes on Fridays and Saturdays, but was discontinued during the pandemic.

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During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic the last trains in central London left at 1am BST and restarted at 5:30am, but Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has been urged to reopen the Night Tube following the tragic Sarah Everard murder.

However, since closing the night lines, drivers have changed their schedule and the Transport for London (TFL) has stated drivers will have to work around four Night Tube shifts a year.

This clashed with the new rota created in May when Night Tube staff infiltrated TFL’s “day Tube” workforce.

Several routes will be seriously disrupted by the strikes, with significant delays expected on the Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines, with little or no service in places.

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London passengers have taken to Twitter to express their annoyance at the major disturbances.

@Brais_B wrote: “I’ve never felt so little sympathy for a strike than @RMTunion #tubestrike @TfL it comes across as greedy once again.

“Imagine NHS, other staff saying ‘rotas will wreck our work-life balance… if you don’t want to drive trains there is coffee to serve, floors to clean and more.”

Twitter user @d_erglu also added: “£80k salary and they’re striking because they need to do 4 extra night shifts a year.

“Doctors? Nurses? I’m actually fuming.”

Kevin Edger wrote to his 15 thousand followers: “Absolutely shocking that London tube drivers, on the money they are earning, are going on strike.

“Absolutely disgusted.”

Whereas Jill joked: “Time to go driverless.”

Here are the strike times in full:

4.30am 26 November – 4.29am 27 November (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)

8.30pm 27 November – 4.29am 28 November (Central and Victoria lines)

8.30pm 3 December – 4.29am 4 December (Central and Victoria lines)

8.30pm 4 December – 4.29am 5 December (Central and Victoria lines)

8.30pm 10 December – 4.29am 11 December (Central and Victoria lines)

8.30pm 11 December – 4.29am 12 December (Central and Victoria lines)

8.30pm 17 December – 4.29am 18 December (Central and Victoria lines)

4.30am 18 December – 4.29am 19 December (Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria lines)

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