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London braces for transport chaos as talks fail to avert strike

Published on Apr 28, 2014 8:44 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Millions of commuters are preparing for transport chaos from Monday evening local time after eleventh-hour talks failed to avert a two-day strike on the London Underground train network over plans to cut jobs and close ticket offices.

Negotiations between Transport for London (TfL) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers' union (RMT) broke down on Monday after 90 minutes, according to a spokesman for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Services.

The 48-hour walkout is due to begin at 2030 GMT on Monday (4.30am on Tuesday Singapore time) with plans for a further three-day strike from May 5.

A similar two-day strike in February crippled the network that is used by about 3 million people most days with only limited services running, prompting Londoners to squeeze onto buses, overground trains, cycle, walk or jog to work.

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