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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Friday's Bus Strike could close the Tube

RMT leader Bob Crow was full of the joys of summer today when he warned that Friday's bus strike over Olympic bonuses could lead to London Underground closures.  Crow said it could have a "massive impact" on Tube services and "has deep concerns about the safety implications of trying to cram hundreds of thousands of extra journeys into a system creaking at the seams and our safety reps will be monitoring the situation closely on Friday."

Oxford Circus Tube by Annie Mole
He continued: "Any threat to staff and passenger safety and we will of course take the appropriate action. The situation on Friday could prove the acid test in dealing with the Olympics"

London Loves Business reports that Crow announced that staff should cite health and safety regulations if too many people board the trains and that drivers should refuse to drive.

However London Underground operations director Nigel Holness, said: “London Underground has an excellent safety record and is one of the safest metros in the world, and has well-practised congestion management procedures to deal with large numbers of customers.

Should this strike go ahead, we will have additional staff in place at key locations on Friday to provide help and information to enable customers to complete their journeys. All of our staff are well trained  and fully understand our congestion management plans, and we will be ready to use those procedures if necessary to ensure that we can continue to keep London moving.”

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