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Tube 150: Out of sight, but providing peace of mind

11 January 2013

As London rightly celebrates the anniversary of its world famous Tube system, let us not forgot the people who have kept in running so successfully over the past 150 years.

Generations of London transport workers, many unseen by the general public, have made the Tube the best and safest mass transportation system across the globe.

It is rightly an icon, recognised around the world. But any transport system is only as good as the people who run it. And LU / TfL staff are very good indeed.

“London Transport staff have served the people of our nation’s capital through wars, fires and terrorist attacks. They deserve recognition as we celebrate 150 years of London Underground.” Said Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary.

“At the same time, we should remember that the London Transport Museum, which preserves our transport heritage, is under threat of staff cuts due to a cut in TfL funding.”

“The Museum staff are responsible for coordinating many of the Tube 150 celebrations including the steam runs this Sunday. TSSA is asking the Mayor to reverse his decision to reduce the Museum’s grant as he has opposed cuts to funding the arts by the Coalition government.”

TSSA members and supporters will be holding a “celebratory demonstration” to commemorate 150 years of transport staff serving the people of London at 09:30 hours on Sunday 13th January at Kensington Olympia Tube Station to coincide with the anniversary steam run on the old Met line route.

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