Strike to cause Jubilee line chaos on Boxing Day

By Rob Virtue on December 24, 2012 11:23 AM |

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Boxing Day strike action by Tube drivers is almost certain to go ahead with Transport for London accusing union officials of "holding Londoners to ransom".

Talks to avert the walk-out have apparently broken down and Underground bosses have now said the Jubilee line will effectively be shut on Wednesday.

Services will only run from Stanmore to Wembley Park, while all other Underground lines will also be severely disrupted.

On Monday, Howard Collins, LU's Chief Operating Officer, slammed union Aslef over the industrial action, which is taking place for the third Boxing Day in a row.

He said: "The scandalous actions of the Aslef leadership are an attempt to hold Londoners to ransom, and demonstrate a wholesale disregard for our customers - making life harder for shoppers, sports fans, retail workers and businesses amongst others at an important time.

"They also show a disregard for the thousands of transport staff who will be working hard to help people get around the capital."

The disagreement is over Bank Holiday pay. The union is blaming Tube management for the walk-out. It accuses London Underground of delaying talks and said all proposals to reach agreement have come from the union's side.

A statement released by Aslef said: "Management has sat on its hands and offered nothing constructive to resolve this dispute, which is why we will take action on Boxing Day. It is because of their failure.

"We don't expect support or gratitude from the public who will be inconvenienced on 26 December. But we hope there will be understanding."

As well as Jubilee line disruption, those heading to Canary Wharf will also be impacted by the part closure of the DLR line, which is due to engineering works.

From Monday until the New Year there is no service between Canning Town and Beckton or between Shadwell and Bank. Replacement bus services are in operation.

Click here for the full Boxing Day service information.