TfL intends to operate some Tube services despite the strike
The train drivers' union, ASLEF, has called for strike action over Tube drivers working on Boxing Day, as demands for triple pay and a day off in lieu have not been met.
Transport for London (TfL) says, "The completely unnecessary strike action is likely to cause significant disruption, but TfL is working to ensure as many services as possible will operate."
London’s 700 bus routes will be in operation and there will be extra buses operating in busy shopping areas and an enhanced service in the West End.
The DLR will also be in operation, except between Bank/Tower Gateway and Poplar/ West India Quay due to planned engineering works.
Customers can also use the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme, which is available across central London, as well as London Tramlink. River services will operate between Greenwich and Westminster, stopping at Tower Pier, London Eye and Embankment.
A number of rail replacement bus services will be operating on some London Underground routes due to planned engineering works as follows:
Howard Collins, LU’s Chief Operating Officer, said, “This is a clear case of the ASLEF leadership attempting to hold Londoners to ransom and we would urge them, yet again, to call off this unnecessary strike action. We have made every effort to resolve this issue, including reducing the number of drivers needed to work Boxing Day so that only one in four are rostered to work. However the ASLEF leadership seem intent on tearing up long-standing agreements that cover pay and annual leave and demanding even more – triple time and another day off.
He continued, “Thousands of Londoners rely on the Tube network on Boxing Day to take advantage of sales, watch the football or get to work. The actions of ASLEF’s leadership demonstrates a complete disregard to our customers and to the many thousands of Tube staff who will not be on strike and will be working hard to help people get around the capital. ”
December 23, 2011