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Talks to avert London subway strike break down

LONDON (AP) -

British arbitrators say talks aimed at avoiding a strike by maintenance workers on London's subway system have broken down.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union said earlier this week that its 1,000 maintenance staff were planning a daylong walkout due to start Tuesday afternoon.

RMTU officials said the strike would seriously affect services across London's Tube, the 400-kilometer (250-mile) subway network that carries about 3 million passengers daily.

Arbitration service Acas said in a statement released late Thursday that "no agreement has been possible at this stage." It wasn't immediately clear whether negotiations would resume.

Transport for London has said it aims to run as many services as it can on the day of the strike.

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