Tube Strike: Shoppers Face Boxing Day Delays
London Underground drivers have gone on strike on Boxing Day for the third consecutive year, causing major disruptions to Christmas bargain-hunters and visitors to the capital.
The train drivers' union Aslef stopped work today for the first of three strikes as part of a long-running dispute about Bank Holiday pay.
Two further walk-outs are scheduled for the last two Fridays in January.
With up to 7.1 million shoppers expected to hit the Boxing Day sales, Transport for London (TfL) said it is was doing everything possible to help shoppers get into and around London.
Services are operating today on most London Underground lines, however TfL is warning passengers of major disruptions and only limited services on all lines.
The Waterloo & City line is closed today, while other lines are operating reduced services.
The Piccadilly line is expected to be closed through the city centre, and the Victoria line is scheduled to run only between Seven Sisters and Victoria at a reduced frequency.
Extra buses will be laid on for those travelling to the West End, as well as the Westfield shopping centres in Stratford and White City.
London Overground services are not in operation today and the Congestion Charge has been suspended.
Some rail services are operating on Southern and South Eastern trains into London Victoria and London St Pancras International, as well as on the Gatwick Express and Stansted Express.
Aslef argues it is not to blame for today's industrial action, saying management has "sat on its hands and offered nothing constructive to resolve this dispute".
Over 90% of Aslef members voted in favour of launching the action for a third consecutive year.
But TfL has condemned Aslef for what it argues is a "completely unnecessary disruption to Londoners on Boxing Day".
Howard Collins, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "Train drivers are paid a salary that reflects some Bank Holiday working, but the Aslef leadership is demanding to be paid twice for the same work and has rejected our attempts to resolve the matter.
"The scandalous actions of the Aslef leadership are an attempt to hold Londoners to ransom, and demonstrate a wholesale disregard for our customers - making life harder for shoppers, sports fans, retail workers and businesses amongst others at an important time.
"They also show a disregard for the thousands of transport staff who will be working hard to help people get around the capital."
what do you think?
Sake all of them then any worth re employing set back on with new contracts so they can't hold the public to randsom and use them as leverage against the government . Plenty of people have to work on public holidays on normal pay with any extras Tthese people need a reality check
well said paul these drivers ger well paid aswell as over 50 days holiday and other perks like free travel arond london with high unemployment im sure that those drivers dont realise that their postions could very easily be filled by those who are looking for work
This si what happens when Unions get power, they just selfishly grab what they can without a care for anyone who doesnt fit into their world. They then go & acuse capitalists of being the same.............HYPOCRITS
The Unions doing there job getting good wages for their members .ALL but emergency services should have Christmas and Boxing day off ,this is family time . You have 24/7 363 days shopping for the rest of the year you sad people. As for the drivers getting good wages well /good rather see working people in the real world getting good wages at least they will be paying FULLTAX.
The union does serve the interests of their members and themselves, not us or anyone else. It is not for any union to decide when we work or shop. They can make life difficult and uncomfortable for the majority and I have no doubt that even on £1000 a week they would still feel the need to strike simply because they can.
Funny how all these disputes only happen at Bank holidays and other times to make the travelling public suffer. No doubt Comrade Crow will be saying how sorry he is for the inconvenience whilst wondering how rto spend his huge salary. Pass the sickbag.........
Use driverless trains,like the Docklands Light Railway,end of the lot of greedy bas...ds..
i agree bring in driverless trains and get a better service . im sick of the number of times that trains are cancelled because of no driver ot the driver turning up late and how.long does it take to swap over drivers .the last time it happened to me it took 20 minutes
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London is an expensive dump
Who wants to get a train with all those unwashed people who smell of b.o
Trade Unions are out of date and shouod be scrapped.