|Travel Chaos as Commuters Battle on|
Tube strike affects travellers road, bus and rail
Londoners trying to get to work this morning have taken to the social network twitter describing their nightmare journeys.
The RMT and TSSA unions began their 48-hour walkout at 9pm last night - unions want Transport for London to suspend plans to close all ticket offices and cut 950 jobs. The authority claims the measures are needed to modernise and save £50m a year.
With limited services on the tube, overground trains from Ealing have been experiencing their own issues.
This packed platform was at Ealing Broadway - where trains were delayed due to signalling problems.
image via twitter from
Others have reported problems on the roads and buses..
A busier than usual Windmill Road
On the District Line, TfL said services were operating between Wimbledon and Upminster approximately every six minutes and between High Street Kensington and Ealing Broadway every fifteen minutes. There was no service on the rest of the line. A number of stations were closed including Embankment, Aldgate East and South Kensington- the latter reopened in the afteroon. Tfl warned that they might have to close stations if there was overcrowding.
The Piccadilly Line was badly affected with no service operating through the central area. TfL planned to operate trains between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2 and 3 but not Four.
The transport company said it had laid on extra buses and river services and staff kept a constant update for commuters on its Twitter sites. However many commmuters complained that they could not get seats on crowded buses.
Transport for London (TfL) said that a third of services were operating with 70 per cent of stations open as London Underground drafted in hundreds of back office staff and managers to support non-striking drivers.
LU Managing Director, Mike Brown said: “All Tube stations will remain staffed and controlled at all times when services are operating, and we’ll be introducing a 24-hour service at weekends during 2015. In future, there will be more staff in ticket halls and on platforms to help customers buy the right ticket, plan their journeys and to keep them safe and secure.
“We’re committed to implement these changes without compulsory redundancies and there’ll be a job for everyone at LU who wants to work for us and be flexible.”
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5th February 2014