Boris plans to tackle tube strike
PUBLISHED: 12:06 06 September 2010
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BORIS Johnson and his transport advisors have drawn up their battle plan to cope with the disruption expected during today's Tube strike.
Around 10,000 workers from the RMT and TSSA unions are expected to start a 24-hour walkout from 5pm on Monday after talks with London Underground bosses collapsed.
The Mayor says there will be 100 extra buses, escorted bikes rides, marshalled taxi ranks and capacity for 10,000 more journeys on the river.
Volunteers will be drafted into key positions at Tube, bus and rail stations to provide information for Londoners brave enough to attempt their commute into work.
But Boris Johnson and his team are thought to fear there will be widespread disruption, particularly at the start of the strike when the Monday evening rush hour gets into full flow.
Mr Johnson said: “Londoners are a hardy bunch and I am sure a Tube strike will not deter us from getting around. I have asked TfL to pull out all the stops.
“But we must be clear that the RMT and TSSA plan to inconvenience Londoners for no good reason. The extra measures we have put in call for a team effort and people will need to consider buses, boats or bikes as an alternative to their usual journeys.
“But this planned action will cause disruption for millions of Londoners and I call on the unions to get round the table and show common sense.”
The unions say their actions are justified after TfL announced plans to cut 800 jobs - a move which workers claim will put passengers and staff at risk at under-manned stations.
London Underground says there will be no compulsory redundancies and that stations will be staffed at all times, with every station that has a ticket office continuing to have one.