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Commuters face a recent spherical of strike distress as London Underground drivers are set to carry the Tube to a close to standstill in spring strikes.

Aslef employees are to stage two 24-hour strikes in a long-running dispute over phrases and situations, with the primary hitting the capital subsequent week.

Transport for London has warned passengers to count on “severe disruption across the London Underground network” with only a few providers working.

Here is all the pieces it is advisable to know in regards to the walkouts:

When will the strikes happen?

Members of Aslef will stroll out on two days in April and May after 70pc of its drivers voted by 98pc in favour of strikes. The union declined to present a quantity for what number of drivers it anticipated to take industrial motion on lately.

The dates are:

  • Monday April 8
  • Saturday May 4

Which traces shall be affected?

Aslef drivers work throughout the London Underground community other than just a few traces.

The Elizabeth Line will proceed to run throughout the walkouts as its drivers are represented by the TSSA union.

London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway are additionally anticipated to run as regular.

However, these traces are prone to be very crowded.

TfL has warned that for providers that aren’t affected, they won’t run after 7pm. It additionally stated that Underground practice providers “may start later than normal” on Tuesday, April 9, the day after the primary walkout. It doesn’t count on an excellent service till mid-morning.

What is TfL’s recommendation?

Transport for London has urged union bosses to carry talks to attempt to keep away from the commercial motion.

A spokesman stated: “We have been in long-term discussions with our trade union colleagues on how to modernise procedures and processes on London Underground to improve the experience both for staff and customers.

“We have no plans to impose these changes and have committed to no one losing their job as part of these changes. We have engaged with our unions to demonstrate that no change will be made that compromises our steadfast commitment to safety on the Tube network.

“We urge Aslef to continue discussions with us so that disruption for Londoners can be averted.”

Ahead of subsequent week’s strike, TfL emailed commuters to warn that: “If these strikes go ahead, there will be severe disruption across the London Underground network, with little or no service expected.

“No other TfL services are on strike, but they will be busier than normal and queuing systems may also be in place.”

TfL pointed prospects to its journey planning device, including that they might stroll or cycle as options.

Why is Aslef happening strike?

Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser for the Tube, stated Transport for London (TfL) had failed to present assurances that adjustments to phrases and situations won’t be imposed with out settlement.

He stated: “Despite a previous commitment to withdraw plans for massive changes to drivers’ working conditions, London Underground management has established a full-time team of managers preparing to impose their plans.

“They want drivers to work longer shifts, spending up to 25pc more time in the cab, and to remove all current working agreements in the name of flexibility and efficiency.

“Everyone knows what these management buzzwords really mean. It’s about getting people to work harder and longer for less.”