A 48-hour Tube strike has been cancelled after unions reached a deal with London Underground over ticket office closures.

The Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) have confirmed they will no longer take the industrial action as an agreement had been reached to avert the strike, which was due to start at 9pm this evening.

Talks took place at conciliation service Acas following a 48-hour strike last week that caused major travel disruption across the capital.

A TSSA spokesman said: "We have now agreed a process where all our serious concerns over safety and job losses will be seriously addressed through the normal channels.

"We are obviously pleased that we have agreed this process, which will allow us to suspend our strike immediately, and cancel it later when the agreement reaches us in a formal document."

The dispute centres on plans to close all Tube ticket offices and cut 960 jobs.

Transport for London has claimed its proposals do not involve compulsory redundancies and would save £50million a year.

London Underground has proposed two months of intensive talks with the unions, starting on Wednesday.