TfL Tube strike: Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City line walkouts set to go ahead as last ditch talks take place

A Central line strike scheduled for Wednesday is set to go ahead after Tube chiefs refused to reinstate a sacked train driver at the centre of the dispute.

Talks were taking place today but union leaders are furious the driver’s appeal has been turned down.

Central line services normally used by 800,000 a day, and the Waterloo & City line, which uses the same staff, are not expected to operate on Wednesday.

Aslef and RMT unions ordered the walkout over a number of issues.

The Aslef driver was sacked after opening the train doors at a station while two carriages were still in the tunnel. In a separate dispute the RMT has ordered a 24-hour strike from noon on Wednesday on the Piccadilly line in a “breakdown of industrial relations”.

LU says passengers should complete journeys by 1.30pm on Wednesday, and services will not resume until 3pm on Thursday. Other lines will be much busier as commuters seek alternative ways to travel. Transport for London will operate 150 extra buses on Wednesday and 80 extra on Thursday.

Nigel Holness, LU director of network operations, urged the unions “to call off this entirely unnecessary action, which will only cause disruption to our customers,” while talks are ongoing. David Leam, infrastructure director at business consortium London First, said: “The unions seem to be wedded to almost weekly walkouts, causing unforgivable disruption to a huge amount of Londoners.

“The planned talks have to be held in good faith, not just a show of going through the motions, otherwise it’s the people who rely on our Tube who will pay the price.”

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on the Underground, said it was “simply wrong that a driver with 25 years of excellent service should be summarily dismissed for one error of judgment”.