The delayed Night Tube service on London Underground starts this weekend, with trains running all night on two deep tube lines -- the Victoria and Central. The project is running almost a year late, mainly because it encountered determined opposition from rail unions in a dispute based on the terms and conditions for train and station staff who will now work through the night on Fridays and Saturdays. The all-night services are due to spread to the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines this autumn, and Transport for London has plans to introduce 24-hour running on the subsurface Underground network later on, as well as the Docklands Light Railway and parts of London Overground.
Impending strikes on Virgin Trains East Coast have been suspended for new talks over staffing changes. The first walkout of RMT members had been called for Friday, with more stoppages due to follow on 26 and 29 August as well as overtime bans on 27 and 28 August. The union had feared there could be up to 200 job losses as a result of the changes. VTEC said it had repeated its assurances, particularly its promise that there would be no compulsory redundancies.
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