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London Underground Resumes Full Service After Strike

Londoners should see the city’s subway network return to full service today following a 24-hour walkout by London Underground workers yesterday. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Londoners should see the city’s subway network return to full service today following a 24-hour walkout by London Underground workers yesterday. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Oct. 5 (Bloomberg) -- A full, normal service resumed on London Underground this morning following a 24-hour walkout by workers that ended yesterday.

“All services are running normally apart from the Bakerloo line where there was a problem with over-running engineering works,” Transport for London spokesman Allan Ramsay said in a telephone interview today. The delays on the Bakerloo line are unrelated to yesterday’s strike, he said. All lines were running a good service except the District Line, which has severe delays, according to the TfL website as of 2:37 p.m.

The travel plans of 3.5 million users of the subway system, or the Tube, were disrupted yesterday by the action over safety and staffing levels that began at 6:29 p.m. on Oct. 3. The industrial action was the second of four scheduled by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association in protest against 800 planned job cuts.

It was the fifth time strikers have shut down the Tube since 2002. Negotiations between London Underground and the unions to resolve the dispute broke down on Sept. 22. Further walkouts are planned for Nov. 2 and Nov. 28.

A separate dispute involving almost 200 Alstom-Metro maintenance staff was suspended after the workers received a “significantly improved offer” on pay and conditions, the RMT said in a statement on its website today. The union recommends the offer and will now consult with members.

Separately, Ian Brown, managing director of London Rail, is retiring, TfL said in an e-mailed statement. He will leave his current position next month and assume an advisory role on London Rail and Crossrail until he departs at the end of March, TfL said. Mike Brown will become London Rail’s managing director.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Spillane in London at cspillane3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Colin Keatinge in London at ckeatinge@bloomberg.net

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