Commuters travelling to and from West London will be hugely affected following an overwhelming vote for industrial action, according to rail union RMT who confirmed the walkout will go ahead, starting on Thursday (September 15).
The strike will take place between 9.30pm on Thursday until 9.29pm on Friday (September 16).
There will be no service on the Hammersmith and City line and a very limited service on the Circle line which will have a knock-on effect on the District and Piccadilly lines.
RMT said the dispute is over 'heavy handed and aggressive management' including putting staff toilet breaks on a stop watch and disregard for agreed policies and procedures.
But London Underground has hit back, saying some drivers are taking toilet breaks lasting longer than an hour.
Mike Cash RMT general secretary, said: "This dispute is about the basic issues of protecting working conditions of our members and defending agreements from attempts to drive a coach and horses through them.
"The management are out of control and the anger at their failure to follow procedures has boiled over.
"The union remains available for serious and meaningful talks."
However, Steve White, operations director for London Underground, hit back saying drivers are entitled to breaks to do things like go to the toilet, but claimed some are stretching these out to around an hour at times.
He said: "This has a direct impact on customers, with some trains being cancelled, and also on their fellow drivers who are having to cover for them.
“The suggestion that we are timing toilet breaks and asking intrusive questions is absolutely not true. That would be neither dignified nor reasonable.
"We are trying to support our staff – offering help through our Occupational Health team if a driver has health issues which requires them to take long breaks.
“We hope that the RMT will work with us to resolve the issues and prevent any further needless disruption to our passengers.”
Strike action was announced after failure to reach an agreement yesterday in talks held through ACAS.
More buses will run to help Londoners get around the transport network, according to Transport for London (TfL).
Steve White, operations director for London Underground , added: “Customers are advised to check our real-time travel information.
“All other Tube lines and other TfL services will be operating as normal and we'll be making sure that everyone has the information they need to re-plan their journeys if necessary.”
In recent weeks commuters have had to bare the brunt of strike action on buses and rail networks, with a second 24-hour bus strike on Tower Transit routes and on Southern Rail where surprisingly passengers were happier with the service.
Lines and stations expected to be busier due to strike
- District line
- Piccadilly line between King's Cross St. Pancras and Hammersmith
- Bakerloo line between Paddington and Embankment
- Aldgate East
- Baker Street
- Earl's Court
- Edgware Road
- Gloucester Road
- King's Cross St. Pancras
- Liverpool Street
- Shepherd's Bush
- Tower Hill
- White City
On Saturday (September 17) and Sunday (September 18) planned engineering works will mean there will be no service on both lines between Hammersmith and Edgware Road.