Tube commuters face more delays as engineers begin industrial action

RMT union members start work-to-rule over 'unresolved breaches of agreed machineries and agreements'

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Tube strike: how will your journey be affected?

24 August

London Underground managers are meeting union leaders today in a bid to avert Tube strikes due to take place later this week.

Members of three unions – the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Unite and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association – are threatening to stage two 24-hour walkouts, which will affect services from Tuesday 25 August until Friday 28 August. The drivers' union Aslef has said it will not be taking part.

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The unions are in dispute over pay and conditions for the new all-night Tube service, which is scheduled to begin on the Jubilee, Victoria and most of the Piccadilly, Central and Northern lines on 12 September. There were suggestions earlier this month that the launch date might be postponed.

Transport for London (TfL) has said it will run as many services as it can over the next four days, depending on the number of staff who show up. Nevertheless it has advised all customers to allow more time for their journeys.

Here's what to expect if this week's strike goes ahead:

Tuesday 25 August

Tube services are due to stop running from around 6.30pm, with an "exceptionally busy" period between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

Wednesday 26 August

"Most Tube services are unlikely to run at all and those that do will be less frequent than normal," says TfL. Any services that do operate may only stop at a limited number of stations and/or run for a limited number of hours.

Thursday 27 August

Tube services should be running again in the morning, although travellers have been warned that there may be some "lasting impact" from Wednesday's strike action. The Tube will then stop running at 6.30pm – again with an "exceptionally busy" period expected between 4.30pm and 6.30pm.

Friday 28 August

Friday's strike action is expected to be similar to Wednesday's, with Tube services "unlikely to run at all". Those that do will be less frequent than normal, may only service some stations and may only run for part of the day.

Saturday 29 August

London Underground services will open at the usual time, although scheduled engineering work will go ahead as planned.

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