Tube strike from 9pm TONIGHT is set to wreak havoc for thousands of England fans trying to make their way home from London after World Cup semi-final with Croatia
- Piccadilly Line drivers walking out as thousands of fans leave London after game
- Dispute means line will be disrupted from 9pm tonight until 12.01am on July 14
- Industrial action was called last month before England’s great run started
A Tube strike is due to start at 9pm tonight causing chaos at the end of England’s World Cup battle with Croatia.
Piccadilly Line drivers are walking out as thousands of fans leave London‘s pubs and squares to head home after the game.
Passengers needing to use the route running to and from Heathrow are being urged to complete their journey by 10pm to avoid getting marooned.
But if England’s game goes to extra time and penalties thousands who use the Piccadilly Line to commute will struggle to get home.
The industrial action also coincides with Donald Trump visit to the capital – but was called before they knew England would be in the World Cup semi-final.
A Tube strike is due to start on the Piccadilly Line at 9pm tonight – timed to cause chaos at the end of England’s World Cup battle with Croatia
Members of the RMT Union on the Piccadilly Line will walk out tonight from 9pm on until 12.01am on Saturday July 14.
Around half a million passengers a day travel on the Piccadilly Line, which links central London to Heathrow Airport.
The RMT accused London Underground of failing to employ enough drivers, continued problems with the ‘ageing’ Piccadilly Line fleet and the alleged breaking of agreements.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘There have been repeated problems on the Piccadilly Line going back a number of years which have led to dispute after dispute and the failure of LU management to get a grip has tipped the situation over the edge yet again.
‘That is why we have had no option but to put on these strike dates’.
Talks are ongoing to stop the strike.
Up to 10,000 police officers will be drafted in to protect Donald Trump from mass protests and the threat of a terror attack when he visits Britain this week.
Hundreds of riot vans full of frontline PCs will take to the streets to stop planned rallies and marches turning violent – particularly when they clash with supporters of the controversial US president.
But there will also be chaos underground because of the strike.
Author: Nancy Parker
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