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It's on! Tube strike will start this evening from 6.30pm

STRIKE ACTION: The unions and London Underground failed to resolve a dispute over pay

A 24-HOUR tube strike is due to begin at 6.30pm today after the unions and the London Underground failed to resolve a dispute.

It is the second time tube stations will close following a 24-hour walkout in July.

Services will stop running from 6:30pm tonight (Aug 5) and there will be no trains tomorrow (Aug 6).

Some 250 extra buses will be laid on during the strike, extra river services will also run during peak hours and extra cycle hire hubs will be added in some areas, Transport for London (TfL) said. But they have advised commuters to complete their journeys before the action begins.

At the crux of the dispute are concerns about tube drivers’ ability to maintain a good work-life balance when the new all-night Tube service launches in September.

Drivers are unhappy at pay and conditions offered for working on the new service.

LU said the new offer included a two per cent salary increase this year, an extra £200 per night shift for drivers for a limited time and a £500 bonus for night Tube staff when the service is introduced in September.

Aslef, the RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) have all turned down the offer.

London Underground (LU) apologised for the disruption, saying the latest offer was aimed at addressing this issue.

Mayor Boris Johnson called the offer "incredibly generous", said he would not authorise any more money being added to it.

He wrote on Twitter: Unions should accept very fair offer that's on table from London Underground and spare Londoners from pointless strike action.”

He said he was "not fussed" about launching the night service on September 12 as planned, as long as it started in the autumn.

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