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Travel misery as Tube strike goes ahead

LONDON UNDERGROUND passengers are set to face travel misery as planned strike action is confirmed.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) are due to walk out for 48 hours from 9pm tonight (Feb 4) - and again on February 11, after last-minute talks failed to secure an agreement.

London Underground chief operating officer, Phil Hufton, told BBC London 94.9, talks would be ongoing to search for a solution.

"I am still in discussions with the unions and I have been at Acas the last few days," he said.

"We are still trying to find a way round this and if I can do anything possible to change this I will."

Union leaders have offered to suspend the strikes if plans for ticket office closures are put on hold.

Transport for London said it hoped to run a limited service.

The strikes will affect all Underground lines. Trains that do run will not stop at all stations, including a number in central London.

RMT regional organiser for London John Leach, who was a lead negotiator during the Acas seven-day talks that ended on Monday without agreement, told BBC London 94.9 that the union had been left with "no resort" but to take industrial action.

"We're really not just taking about ourselves. This is about London and the people who use the Tube. The landscape of London Underground is going to change forever," he said.

"They want to take away the current situation where you have someone who is always there to support people."

Transport for London has said plans to close ticket offices and cut 750 jobs would save £50m a year.

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