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Night Tube start ‘to be delayed’

PUBLISHED: 13:21 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 15:33 12 August 2015

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The September 12 start for London’s round-the-clock Underground service at weekends looks set be delayed, according to sources.

The map of the new Night Tube networkThe map of the new Night Tube network

The news comes at London Underground drivers in the Aslef union say they will not be joining two fresh strikes later this month over the long-running Night Tube dispute.

Members of the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions are due to stage two 24-hour walkouts from the evening of August 25 and 27 following two stoppages in the past month.

Talks were held today at the conciliation service Acas in a bid to break the deadlocked row, and a further meeting between Aslef and LU is expected later this week.

Members of the RMT, TSSA and Unite unions are due to take part in the new strikes in the run-up to the August Bank Holiday.

Today would have marked one month before the Night Tube began. The u-turn has led to criticism of Boris Johnson. Len Duvall, the Labour London Assembly Member for Greenwich and Lewisham, said:“By speculatively announcing a start date without any consultation with the people expected to run the service Boris Johnson’s gung-ho approach has led to disputes, disruption and now delay.

“It’s been clear for a long time that the problems facing the night tube would not be easily overcome so in a sense a delay isn’t a major surprise. I hope this delay will provide the breathing space necessary for unions and management to sit down and negotiate a resolution to this dispute without the need for further disruption to passengers.

“From the outset Boris Johnson has treated the night tube as more of a publicity stunt despite it being a deeply complex project.”

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