London’s subway system was operating as normal Friday morning following the end of a 24-hour strike by Tube workers over night-time working that closed the network for the second time in a month.
Commuters who had struggled to work Thursday on packed buses, trains and boats should have a more straightforward journey after the end of the walkout last night, Transport for London, which oversees the subway, said in a statement.
London Underground Ltd. said it’s now focused on encouraging the four subway unions to resume talks after the latest offer on pay and perks for operating Mayor Boris Johnson’s planned Night Tube was rejected last Monday. Further strike action is likely in coming weeks without a breakthrough.
“I’m sorry that people had difficult journeys yesterday and we are working hard to resolve the dispute,” LU Chief Operating Officer Steve Griffiths said. “We have made a very fair offer to the unions that includes pay rises and bonuses for all, and guarantees to protect work-life balance.”
An extra 250 buses ran during the strike and seven more bicycle-rental hubs opened to help cope with millions displaced from the Tube. Thousands of people chose to work from home.
Subway workers have been offered a 2 percent pay increase this year and at least 1 percent in 2016 as part of the Night Tube plan, plus a 500-pound ($775) bonus on affected lines and a 2,000-pound lump sum for drivers.
Unions say proposals for the service, due to operate on five lines at weekends from Sept. 12, don’t take account of disruption to personal lives.