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TfL tells passengers to expect delays on the district line on Friday

PUBLISHED: 17:35 10 April 2018

Central London should expect minimal delays on the district line, but east and west will be worse affected. Picture: Peter Skuce

Central London should expect minimal delays on the district line, but east and west will be worse affected. Picture: Peter Skuce

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There will be a reduced service on the District Line on Friday due to strikes at the Acton Town depot.

TfL is advising passengers to allow extra time for journeys or to use different lines where possible.

The impact will be minimal in central London with regular services between Gloucester Road and Tower Hill, but western branches via Earl’s Court and east of Tower Hill will experience delays.

There’ll be no services to Kensington Olympia, and TfL ‘travel ambassadors’ will be on hand to provide advice. Overground and Southern services will still call at Kensington.

Services will resume as normal on Saturday.

The strike concerns a district line driver from ASLEF Union. TfL states the driver experienced three safety incidents in 11 weeks, leading to them being returned to a previous role on a station.

But Finn Brennan, ASLEF’s organiser on London Underground, said the union had not been approached for talks to discuss the issue.

He said: “Some managers on London Underground want to pick and choose which policies they apply. Threatening individuals with disciplinary action, refusing to talk, and leaving our members with no other option than to take strike action is not the progressive approach we expect to see from TfL.”

Nigel Holness, London Underground’s director of network operations, said: “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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