Mayor urged to ‘get a grip’ as another Tube strike looms

Published: Friday 17th February 17

Wandsworth Council’s transport spokesman Jonathan Cook has called on the Mayor of London to regain control over the capital’s transport network after the RMT union announced plans for another Tube strike next week.

Drivers on the Central Line are set to stage a 15-hour walk-out from 9pm, Tuesday 21 February, with severe impacts expected across the wider transport network. Wandsworth residents commuting into the city centre are advised to plan their routes. 

The announcement comes after drivers on the Central and Waterloo & City lines brought services to a standstill in January over the same dispute. 

Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “Last month’s Tube strike was a nightmare for London and we now face another bout of chaos we simply can’t afford. This is a terrible advert for our city at a time when we should be convincing the world we’re open for business.

“The Mayor has already failed to deliver the ‘zero days of strikes’ he promised during his term in office; he needs to get a grip of this deteriorating situation and should make his position clear.

“Further strikes are also being threatened on the beleaguered Southern Railway network. Local commuters have suffered months of misery on these services and both the Mayor and Transport Secretary have a duty to step in and resolve this crisis.”

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Surely this urging should be addressed to the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling
Peter Walsh

18 February 2017

Don't recall such statements being issued to the last Tory Mayor, and very little being said about the Tory government's absurd failures on Southern. Sadiq's no angel, but at least he talks to the unions, unlike Bozza.
Simon Shields

17 February 2017