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Tube passengers face delays as drivers take ‘water stops’

Aslef said frontline staff were being told to wait for their break and use taps after water coolers were removed.

Tube passengers could face delays because drivers will have to take unscheduled stops for water after being denied access to clean drinking water, a union is warning.

Aslef said frontline staff were being told to wait for their break and use taps after water coolers were removed from locations where drivers change ends to reverse trains on London Underground.

“When your working day is spent in a metal box deep underground, cool clean drinking water isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity,’ said Finn Brennan, Aslef’s organiser on LU.

“Transport for London rightly reminds passengers to carry water with them in hot weather, but at the same time they are taking away the facilities where drivers can get water from during their duties.

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Some water coolers have been removed, Aslef says. (Ben Birchall/PA)

“The inevitable result will be that drivers will be forced to take additional unscheduled breaks to avoid the serious dangers of dehydration. This will mean trains stuck in platforms and additional delays for passengers right across the Underground network.

“It beggars belief that senior TfL management think it’s ok to treat train drivers like this and are utterly careless of the impact on their passengers.”

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