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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Jubilee Line Suspended for longer train upgrade & Tube Strike Latest

No Jubilee Line between 26th and 30th December (correction 29th December)

Don't forget there will be no Jubilee Line service between now and the 30th December (inclusive) while they get the
longer trains with the extra carriages up and running. Update - amazingly this has re-opened ahead of schedule.

Earlier in December I was on the Jubilee Line going to Canada Water and at Waterloo at the far end of the platforom they had some interesting signs which nicely illustrate how from early January, more people should be able to get onto the trains. It will allow "an extra 6,000 people to travel each hour when the Tube is at its busiest"

Jubilee Line Extra Carriage Sign

Check out the Tube's website for more on the upgrades.

New Year's Eve Tube Strike Latest - 28th December Update

So the Jubilee Line will be up and running just in time for the station staff to go on strike at mid-day on New Year's Eve for 24 hours. For more on the New Year London Underground Strike see my earlier post. There is a slim chance that this could be averted as both parties say they are still willing to talk. Rail union leader RMT's Bob Crow said "we will make ourselves available for talks if the company shows it is prepared to negotiate seriously" and the London Underground said "We remain ready to talk to the RMT at any time to resolve this issue.....If the strike does go ahead, London Underground will seek to run services where it is safe to do so."

As usual I will keep you posted when I learn more. The very latest appears to be London Underground (LU) proposing talking to ACAS, the arbitration service, on the 29th but with RMT saying that as far as they know, no union officials will be there! (See Bloomberg News for more on this) Meanwhile, LU is urging the RMT to attend the talks on Thursday. While you wait for them to get their acts together, you might like to pop along to this post for more on the arguments behind the New Year's Eve Tube strike and join the discussion in the comments.

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