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‘Failure to secure government cash’ could lead to the entire Tube network facing closure

by LLB Reporter
25th Nov 21 3:11 pm

Transport for London (TfL) finance chief Simon Kilonback has warned its finance committee that the entire Tube network could close unless there is government funding.

London’s Tube network needs urgent long-term repairs and upgrades and if the government does not provide financial support then it will have a detrimental impact across the Tube network.

Kilonback told TfL’s finance committee that “full closure of a line or part of a line or smaller reductions across the whole [Underground] network.”

It has been reported that the Jubilee and Bakerloo lines are already at risk of being closed and financial support is needed to prevent this.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is under increasing pressure to find a solution otherwise closures of the Tube network will cost businesses millions as workers and shoppers won’t be able to gain access to parts of the capital.

To add further pressure the RMT union has warned commuters that planned strike action will cause severe disruption on five Tube lines, from tomorrow if the strike does go ahead.

The planned action will also disrupt Night Tube services on the Central and Victoria lines from the evening of Saturday 27 November and Night Tube services throughout December. Transport for London (TfL) will do all it can to provide as many transport options as possible, but Londoners are advised to check before they travel and leave more time for journeys.

Nick Dent, director of London Underground Customer Operations, said, “We are disappointed that the RMT is threatening London with this unnecessary action.

“The positive changes to Tube driver rosters have provided greater flexibility for drivers as well as permanent work and job certainty, something welcomed by all other unions.

“We have been meeting with the RMT for a number of months through Acas to try and resolve their issues and we remain open to talking further.”

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