Published on February 7, 2014 | by Archie Velarde0
Tube Strikes hit London’s Commuters
Tube strikes began in London last night as the row over plans to close ticket offices continues. Members of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) unions walked out at 9pm for 48 hours, with a normal service set to resume on Friday.
The unions want TFL to suspend plans to cut 950 jobs and close all ticket offices. TfL claims it will modernise systems and save £50m a year.
This morning, tube passengers had to endure serious delays. The TSSA claimed the service had been reduced by 70%, though Transport for London said it was operating train services on eight out of 11 lines.
LCC Broadcast spoke to disgruntled commuters this morning at Barons Court station. (Commuters AM)
Boris Johnson was earlier apologizing for the strikes but insisted that the 48 hour closure is pointless. “I apologise to them, this is, I’m afraid completely unnecessary disruption. It’s going to be a tough day, tomorrow is going to be another tough day – but we have got to get through it.”
The strikes will affect all Underground lines with only limited services on the following:
- Central Line and Piccadilly Line – trains running, with no service operating through the central areas
- District Line, Metropolitan Line and Hammersmith & City Line – some trains running, but not stopping at certain stations
- Jubilee Line – trains running between Stanmore and Finchley Road and between Waterloo and Stratford
- Northern Line – trains running, except to Mill Hill East
- Victoria Line – trains running between Seven Sisters and Victoria
- There are no services on the Bakerloo, Circle and Waterloo & City lines