A planned Tube strike looks set to bring commuter chaos on Wednesday (February 22).
The 24-hour walkout will affect Central and Waterloo & City lines and begins at 9pm on Tuesday (February 21).
The Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union announced it will be walking out on the London Underground after claiming Central line train operators were “displaced” by Transport for London (TfL) .
The union's members will be joined by those of the Aslef trade union.
The RMT member will be joined by those from the Aslef trade union, and the industrial action comes after strikes crippled the capital in January on the same Tube lines .
TfL say there will no Central line service east of Leytonstone and very limited services on the rest of the line - which cuts through west London.
If the strike goes ahead, buses, roads, Tube and rail services are expected to be much busier.
TfL warns of the possibility of peak time queues and delays at stations including North Ealing, Ealing Common and Oxford Circus, and will put on a special bus shuttle service will call at Epping, Debden, Loughton and Chingford, for connections to London Overground services.
There will be no service on the Waterloo & City line
The dispute is over the transfer of eight drivers from the depot in Leytonstone to Earl’s Court.
Addressing the walk-out, the RMT said on its website: “This is the thin end of the wedge and London Underground must be under no illusion that Train Operators will fight against unnecessary and unfair displacements to plug gaps left by staffing shortages.”
Steve Griffiths, London Underground’s chief operating officer, said: “This threat of strike action is completely unnecessary.
"Like any responsible transport authority we regularly examine how we can provide the best possible service to customers and to achieve this sometimes we need to move staff from locations where they are under-utilised, to the places where they are really needed.
“We have agreements with the trade unions that enable us to do this. We have identified eight drivers for whom there is not enough work on the Central line, so we have asked them to move to another line where they would make a real difference to the service our customers receive.
“We are committed to minimising the impact of this move on the eight drivers and we encourage the unions to continue engaging with us in finding a way to do this.”
The Central line begins in west London at Ealing Broadway, and runs through Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster before moving on to the east of the capital.
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