Central and Waterloo & City line Tube strike today causes commuter misery

Today’s Tube strike has definitely spoilt that TGI Friday feeling for Londoners. Not to mention the Friday before the much-awaited Bank holiday weekend starts.

The strike on the Central and Waterloo & City line has caused severe disruption in London with some services being severely limited.

While the Waterloo & City line is shut today, there are severe delays on the Central line which is only running between Leytonstone - Epping and White City - Ealing Broadway.

Union members are striking over working conditions of Tube drivers. The ASLEF union said that 90% of its members supported the action due to London Underground’s “failure to treat drivers with the respect and dignity they deserve”.

Londoners took to Twitter to vent out their frustrations over journey diruptions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a statement, Finn Brennan of ASLEF said: ‘We worked hard to resolve this dispute. Working right up to the last minute to try and persuade management to agree to abide by agreements they have made. We are bitterly disappointed it has come to this and management aren’t prepared to resolve these problems.

“Our members will not tolerate a situation where vulnerable people leave sickness review meetings in tears and drivers with years and years of good and long service are threatened with disciplinary action for a delay of 33 seconds in leaving a terminus.

“LUL [London Underground Limited] is also cutting annual refresher training for drivers on the Central line by 20%. This flies in the face of recommendations made by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in its report into the ‘uncontrolled evacuation’ of a train at Holland Park last August which recommended staff on the line needed additional training.”

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