Piccadilly line strike suspended: TfL Tube walkout called off at last minute

A planned strike on the Piccadilly line on Wednesday has been called off at the last minute.

The walkout would have potentially wreaked havoc for thousands of football fans in London heading home after England's World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia- writes standard.co.uk

Drivers on the line had been set to walk out from 9pm, with the strike expected to last until Saturday morning.

A Transport for London spokesman confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the walkout had been called off after talks with the Rail, Maritime and Transport union.

A normal service will now run on the line.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “I’m pleased to hear that the proposed strike on the Piccadilly Line, planned from tonight until Saturday morning, has been suspended.

“Over the past two years the number of days lost to strikes on the Underground has been reduced by 65 per because we have engaged in constructive dialogue with the trade unions - which is good news for commuters, visitors and staff alike.

“This shows once again the benefits to Londoners of TfL engaging positively with our staff and trade unions.”

Nigel Holness, Network Operations Director for London Underground added: “We are pleased that the RMT has made the decision to withdraw the strike action planned for this week, which means that our customers will not have their journeys disrupted.”

The RMT union previously announced that drivers would be walking out over working conditions and staffing after balloting its members last month.

A statement released by the union said members "will be striking over a series of attacks on working conditions and staffing levels that have turned the line into a pressure cooker". ​

On Wednesday evening England supporters are expected to flood the capital's pubs and beer gardens to watch the crunch match from 7pm, with Gareth Southgate's team just one game away from the final.

The strike would have coincided with various road closures in place from 8.30pm as large crowds are expected to flood the city streets at the end of the game.

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