London Bakerloo line staff will stage another two strikes next month
Tube workers to stage another strike: Bakerloo line staff will walk out twice next month in protest against plan they say will leave thousands of commuters stranded in sidings and depots
- Members of Aslef on the Bakerloo line will walk out on February 4 and 11
- Row over alleged plans to let trains to go into sidings and depots without checks
- Workers argue this will put both passengers and staff at safety risk
London Underground workers on the Bakerloo line are to stage two strikes next month in a row over safety.
Members of Aslef will walk out on February 4 and 11 after voting in favour of industrial action.
The union is in dispute over a plan it says would allow trains to go into sidings and depots without a check to ensure that passengers have left the train.
Aslef dubbed the proposal ‘flash and dash’, warning that passengers would have to depend on hearing unreliable PA announcements on 50-year-old trains to avoid being taken into depots and sidings.
Members of Aslef on the Bakerloo line will walk out on February 4 and 11 after voting in favour (stock image of a Bakerloo line tube train)
Currently, trains are physically checked to make sure they are empty and it is safe for the driver to proceed, but the union said management want to remove this safety check as part of a cost-cutting plan.
Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on the Underground, said: ‘This puts both passengers and staff at risk.
‘Previous experience had shown that removing physical checks means that thousands of passengers are unwittingly taken into sidings or depots.
‘We understand the pressure that London Underground is under to cut costs, but this cannot be at the expense of the safety of passengers and staff.’
Aslef members will refuse to take trains into sidings or depots without safety checks and will strike on the first two Saturdays in February.
MailOnline has contacted TfL for comment.
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