Tube Strike and consultation on Fit for the Future
This Assembly welcomes the announcement this week’s strikes on the London Underground have been called off. This Assembly also welcomes the RMT and TSSA Unions and TfL talking through issues and attempting to resolve this dispute amicably.
This Assembly supports proposals to operate the Underground on some lines at night on Fridays and Saturdays. However, this Assembly is concerned that people across London are not being given the opportunity to comment on proposals to close all Tube Ticket Offices and reduce station staffing levels by 950 posts. There are some interesting ideas in TfL’s plans and modernisation is needed, but Londoners should be given the chance to have their say and improve them. This Assembly wishes to ensure that all Tube users - including tourists, the elderly and vulnerable – will not be negatively affected by these changes. We believe that the Mayor and Transport for London should develop and adopt a ‘Passengers Charter’ which clearly sets out the minimum service level they can expect to receive from TfL.
This Assembly believes the Mayor should reflect on his proposals and that he must instruct Transport for London to conduct a full public consultation on the Fit for the Future programme. This should include producing a plan for each station affected, including details of what the staffing provision there will be and how services will change.