Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tube Chiefs Warn of Line and Station Closures in Walkout by 3,000 Staff

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tube Chiefs Warn of Line and Station Closures in Walkout by 3,000 Staff

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Byline: Dick Murray

TUBE chiefs today warned of line and station closures across central London because of a planned strike by more than 3,000 staff.

They issued the alert to prepare passengers for the disruption if peace talks fail. The strike is to start from 6pm on Sunday and affect services until Wednesday lunchtime.

London Underground published an emergency version of the traditional Tube map showing which lines will be closed and where.

The shut lines were coloured grey and cover a large section of central London. Other lines will run but with a reduced service. LU also released an "at a glance" graphic showing when, and at what time, the strike will be most severe. The most badly-hit lines and stations are within an area bordered by the Circle Line -- Zone 1. They will be closed for various lengths of time, including peak periods, throughout parts of the strike.

Some lines and stations outside the central area will also be closed for various lengths of time, including: Large swathes of the Victoria line. The Bakerloo line to Elephant & Castle.

The Piccadilly line from Barons Court to Arnos Grove.

Passengers were advised to use the Tube to get as close as possible to their destinations and then walk the rest of the way. Buses and roads will be busier than normal with journeys taking "significantly longer".

LU said it would keep updating information but advised passengers to check before they travel. Talks between the RMT and LU to try to settle the bitter dispute over up to 900 job cuts and the closure of all ticket offices, were being held at the conciliation service Acas today. They could continue tomorrow -- leaving the four million daily users not knowing until the last moment if they will have a service for half of next week.

The walkout has been timed for maximum disruption. Staff will walkout from 6pm on Sunday until 10am on Monday.

They then walkout again from 10am on Tuesday until 1am on Wednesday. …

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