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District line delays expected tomorrow as drivers go out on strike

PUBLISHED: 17:37 12 April 2018 | UPDATED: 19:45 12 April 2018

Delays are expected on the District line tomorrow as a result of strike action. Photo: Au Morandarte/Wikimedia Commons.

Delays are expected on the District line tomorrow as a result of strike action. Photo: Au Morandarte/Wikimedia Commons.

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There will be disruption on the District line tomorrow (Friday) throughout the day as a number of Tube drivers go out on strike.

It is expected there will be delays across the entire line, so Transport for London (TfL) is advising customers to allow more time to complete journeys or change to a different line where possible.

All other Tube lines will operate as normal, and services on the District line are expected to resume normally on Saturday morning.

The row between members of the ASLEF union and TfL revolves around one of the line’s drivers who was reassigned to a station role after what TfL claims to have been 11 separate safety incidents in his first few weeks as a train operator.

But ASLEF bosses insist the strike centres on London Underground’s failure to follow agreed policies and procedures when a recently qualified driver was involved in a signal passed at danger incident.

Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on the Underground, said: “We have repeatedly offered to meet to discuss this dispute but, instead of getting around the table, they have sent a stream of letters threatening legal action to try to prevent our members from exercising their democratic right to strike.”

But London Underground’s director of network operations, Nigel Holness, said that passenger safety would always be the organisation’s top priority.

He added: “With so many incidents in a short space of time, despite several weeks of training and assistance, it was simply not safe for this employee to continue in a role as a driver.

“The situation is not as the union has described as no disciplinary action has been taken against the employee and our action is in line with the safety policies agreed with our trade unions.

“I apologise to customers for the disruption this completely unnecessary strike will cause and call on the unions to continue working with us to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.”

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