TfL Tube strike: Central and Waterloo & City line walkout ON tomorrow as last-ditch talks fail

Piccadilly line strike also set to go ahead with ‘remote chance’ it could be called off at last minute

A Tube strike on the Central and Waterloo & City lines will go ahead after last-ditch talks failed.

The walkout by drivers from the Aslef union will go ahead for 24 hours from midnight tonight.

Tube workers from the RMT union are set to stage a separate 24-hour strike from 1.30pm on Wednesday but there is still a chance it could be called off.

London Underground said both the RMT and Aslef unions were demanding that two drivers were reinstated on the Central line – one who deliberately opened the doors of a train in a tunnel and one who failed a drugs test.

Nigel Holness, Director of Network Operations for London Underground, said: “The strike action called by both RMT and Aslef on 7 November is totally unjustifiable. Both are demanding the reinstatement of Central line drivers sacked over serious safety breaches – one who deliberately opened the doors of a train in a tunnel, and one who failed a drugs test.

“We always strive to run a reliable service for our customers but our commitment to the safety of both customers and staff is absolute and something we will never compromise on. I urge the unions to call off this entirely unnecessary strike action which will only cause disruption to our customers.”

Positive talks with the RMT on Monday in the Piccadilly line dispute showed a “remote chance” that the strike action could be called off but Aslef apparently refused an invitation to meet for talks in the Central line dispute, according to TfL.