Londoners face Tube misery as workers set to strike from Sunday

A walkout on the Tube is part of a wave of strikes hitting British rail and air passengers at the start of 2017.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (JANUARY 8, 2017) (BBC)- Londoners face transport chaos at the start of the working week after two unions representing workers on the London Underground have gone ahead with a 24-hour strike from Sunday evening (January 8).

Metro operator Transport for London (TfL) said most stations in central London would be closed due to the action by the RMT and TSSA unions in a dispute over staffing levels after the closure of ticket offices in recent years.

Thousands of commuters are suffering Britain’s worse rail disruption in decades in a dispute over whose role it should be to open and close doors on Southern’s trains, while British Airways staff will strike for two days over pay on Tuesday.

TfL said services would not start until 0700 GMT on Monday (January 9), and they would be severely reduced across the network, with no trains from stations such as Victoria, Kings Cross and Waterloo.

The London Underground, better known as the Tube, carries up to 4.8 million passengers a day.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan appealed to the unions to cancel the strike, which he said would cause misery for millions of workers and tourists in the city.

TfL said it agreed more staff were needed in stations, and it had already started recruiting 200 extra workers.

Steve Griffiths, chief operating officer for London Underground, said there was no need to strike.

But TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said TfL’s offer did not go far enough.