Talks between the RMT and TfL to avert a strike on the London Underground this week have ended without agreement.
Unless there’s a last minute solution to the dispute, the Piccadilly line is likely to be largely out of action from Wednesday lunchtime until early on Saturday morning.
The strike is the resumption of a dispute which nearly resulted in strike action back in July, but which the RMT called off following talks with TfL
The RMT now says that no progress has been made on Service Control relationships with the drivers, and that claims of problems at the Arnos Grove depot have not been addressed. The RMT also says that plans to recruit more drivers for the Piccadilly line have been scaled back.
For their part, Nigel Holness TfL’s Director of Network Operations for London Underground, said: “We have agreed steps with the RMT to solve this dispute and have been making good progress in making these changes.”
If the strike goes ahead, then customers are being advised to complete journeys on the Piccadilly line by 1pm on Wednesday.
Services will resume at around 3.30pm on Friday, but will then begin to wind down again from 10pm. Services will then resume to a normal level at around 7.30am on Saturday between Heathrow and Cockfosters and around 8.30am from Uxbridge to Acton Town.
For customers travelling between Heathrow airport and central London, TfL Rail services will be available to and from London Paddington station every thirty minutes, while Heathrow Express services will also run normally.