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London Commuters Face Delays on Underground-Driver Strike

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Aug. 21 (Bloomberg) -- London Underground commuters using the Central and Waterloo & City lines risk severe disruption tomorrow if members of the U.K.’s train drivers’ union goes ahead with a planned walkout.

Parts of both lines may be suspended, with Central line trains unlikely to operate through the city center, Transport for London, which runs the city’s subway network, said in a statement. Other Tube services are likely to be busier than usual, TfL said.

The Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen announced two days of strikes on Aug. 17, saying that meetings had failed to resolve issues including training cuts and health and safety concerns. London Underground has faced a series of strike threats this year, including a 48-hour walkout in April that drove away almost 50 percent of the passengers who typically make 3 million daily journeys.

“We’re disappointed that ASLEF leadership is planning strike action while discussions are still ongoing,” Nigel Holness, London Underground’s Operations Director, said in a statement. “We urge them to continue talks with us to understand and resolve their concerns rather than threatening strike action.”

The second ASLEF walkout is due to take place on Sept. 17.

The Tube has 270 stations, with 57,000 people using the busiest, Waterloo, during the three-hour morning peak. The Central line operates trains east-to-west through the heart of the capital, while the Waterloo & City links the train hub with Bank station in the city’s financial district.

To contact the reporter on this story: Kari Lundgren in London at klundgren2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Benedikt Kammel at bkammel@bloomberg.net

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