Widespread disruption as Tube workers walk off job

Disruption as Tube strike begins

Leyton station is clossed due to strike.

Congestion on Forest Road Walthamstow this morning

Passengers board a bus in Leyton.

Large que at a bus stop in Leyton.

Extra bus service.

Passengers wait for a bus in Leytonstone.

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Commuters’ journeys are being disrupted across the area this morning after Tube workers began a 48-hour strike last night.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9pm for 48 hours in protest at the closure of all ticket offices, with the loss of 950 jobs.

Central line services are running from Epping to Leytonstone every 15 minutes in both directions.

Victoria line trains are operating from Victoria to Seven Sisters.

Greater Anglia is reporting that all services to Stratford are subject to 15 minute delays due to overcrowding and Transport for London says a large crowd is waiting for buses there.

Extra passengers are expected on the Chingford to Liverpool Street line.

Around 100 extra buses are to be used across London.

Meanwhile TfL says there are increased queues on most major roads to London.

Overground services on the Barking to Gospel Oak line are expected to run as normal but London Underground has advised that in the event of overcrowding stations may be closed until crowds clear.

Commuters are advised to allow extra times for journeys.

The limited Tube service is planned until Friday morning.

Workers from the RMT and TSSA unions walked off the job at 9pm last night in a protest against the proposed closure of all ticket offices across London.

Transport for London plans to shut the offices and cut 950 jobs.

They say three per cent of journeys utilise a ticket office due to passengers using streamlined technology in lieu of buying tickets face-to-face.

TfL claim the plans will save £50m a year.

A second 48-hour strike is planned for 9pm on February 11.

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1:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

chrise17 says...

Have read that over 1000 ticket staff have accepted voluntary redundancy happily anyway,this correct?
Have read that over 1000 ticket staff have accepted voluntary redundancy happily anyway,this correct? chrise17
  • Score: 1

1:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

chrise17 wrote:
Have read that over 1000 ticket staff have accepted voluntary redundancy happily anyway,this correct?
I spoke to a bloke I know this morning who said lots of staff cannot wait to get severance. What he also told me is that they want to retrain these staff as station stewards on a reduced salary and the drivers eventually like on the light railway at Dockands. The drivers will be renamed Train Captains and generally supervise the unmanned trains and ensure safety when it is entering and leaving the station. The shifts will be different and as they will not be drivers the pay needs to be renegotiated. The status quo must be changed.
[quote][p][bold]chrise17[/bold] wrote: Have read that over 1000 ticket staff have accepted voluntary redundancy happily anyway,this correct?[/p][/quote]I spoke to a bloke I know this morning who said lots of staff cannot wait to get severance. What he also told me is that they want to retrain these staff as station stewards on a reduced salary and the drivers eventually like on the light railway at Dockands. The drivers will be renamed Train Captains and generally supervise the unmanned trains and ensure safety when it is entering and leaving the station. The shifts will be different and as they will not be drivers the pay needs to be renegotiated. The status quo must be changed. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 6

3:49pm Wed 5 Feb 14

TTMAN says...

Bob Crow

BC

Dinosaur
Bob Crow BC Dinosaur TTMAN
  • Score: 2

4:24pm Wed 5 Feb 14

GlennW says...

Last night TfL said that just under 500 had applied/expressed an interest in voluntary serverence, then that figure had jumped to 1,000 by this morning! Fishy!

Due to cuts to the Tube investment programme, driverless tube trains are many, many years away. Indeed, it has been said that the parents of the last tube train driver have yet to be born!
Last night TfL said that just under 500 had applied/expressed an interest in voluntary serverence, then that figure had jumped to 1,000 by this morning! Fishy! Due to cuts to the Tube investment programme, driverless tube trains are many, many years away. Indeed, it has been said that the parents of the last tube train driver have yet to be born! GlennW
  • Score: 0

4:39pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.
Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -2

6:55pm Wed 5 Feb 14

GlennW says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.
What has this got to do with LUL closing all ticket offices and cutting 750 jobs? TSSA members are on strike too, their first strike since 1926!
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with LUL closing all ticket offices and cutting 750 jobs? TSSA members are on strike too, their first strike since 1926! GlennW
  • Score: 3

9:10pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

GlennW wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.
What has this got to do with LUL closing all ticket offices and cutting 750 jobs? TSSA members are on strike too, their first strike since 1926!
Maybe the Union Members should put the self first before Bob Crow.
Progression and modernisation will occur, strikes are a throw back in time and not part of the modern world, it will only encourage further loss of jobs. Machines do not strike.
[quote][p][bold]GlennW[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.[/p][/quote]What has this got to do with LUL closing all ticket offices and cutting 750 jobs? TSSA members are on strike too, their first strike since 1926![/p][/quote]Maybe the Union Members should put the self first before Bob Crow. Progression and modernisation will occur, strikes are a throw back in time and not part of the modern world, it will only encourage further loss of jobs. Machines do not strike. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

11:56pm Wed 5 Feb 14

HottRedMan says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
chrise17 wrote:
Have read that over 1000 ticket staff have accepted voluntary redundancy happily anyway,this correct?
I spoke to a bloke I know this morning who said lots of staff cannot wait to get severance. What he also told me is that they want to retrain these staff as station stewards on a reduced salary and the drivers eventually like on the light railway at Dockands. The drivers will be renamed Train Captains and generally supervise the unmanned trains and ensure safety when it is entering and leaving the station. The shifts will be different and as they will not be drivers the pay needs to be renegotiated. The status quo must be changed.
It makes sense I guess, after all TfL as usual does not give out the full details and have at times known to throw a lil spin.
There must have been some kind of catch for them to close ticket offices with a £50m saving. After all even as they say with the expected compulsory redundancies it does not add up. I guess as you say changing the job roles and then paying them less to be on the platform says it all, typical, bet the execs pay would go up as usual.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrise17[/bold] wrote: Have read that over 1000 ticket staff have accepted voluntary redundancy happily anyway,this correct?[/p][/quote]I spoke to a bloke I know this morning who said lots of staff cannot wait to get severance. What he also told me is that they want to retrain these staff as station stewards on a reduced salary and the drivers eventually like on the light railway at Dockands. The drivers will be renamed Train Captains and generally supervise the unmanned trains and ensure safety when it is entering and leaving the station. The shifts will be different and as they will not be drivers the pay needs to be renegotiated. The status quo must be changed.[/p][/quote]It makes sense I guess, after all TfL as usual does not give out the full details and have at times known to throw a lil spin. There must have been some kind of catch for them to close ticket offices with a £50m saving. After all even as they say with the expected compulsory redundancies it does not add up. I guess as you say changing the job roles and then paying them less to be on the platform says it all, typical, bet the execs pay would go up as usual. HottRedMan
  • Score: 1

12:02am Thu 6 Feb 14

HottRedMan says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.
Bob Crow earns 80k a year, heard it on LBC this evening. The media has inflated his travelling expenses, pension contributions etc to make the £140k figure.
Regardless it is irrelevant. The RMT union appears to still have a growing membership compared to many other unions that has falling membership year on year as they do not represent staff.
TSSA are also on strike so I guess it is not all as the media wants to just as usual make Bob Crow the scarecrow.
So what if he goes to Brazil on holiday, how many other working class people do the same,
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.[/p][/quote]Bob Crow earns 80k a year, heard it on LBC this evening. The media has inflated his travelling expenses, pension contributions etc to make the £140k figure. Regardless it is irrelevant. The RMT union appears to still have a growing membership compared to many other unions that has falling membership year on year as they do not represent staff. TSSA are also on strike so I guess it is not all as the media wants to just as usual make Bob Crow the scarecrow. So what if he goes to Brazil on holiday, how many other working class people do the same, HottRedMan
  • Score: -1

12:44am Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

HottRedMan wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.
Bob Crow earns 80k a year, heard it on LBC this evening. The media has inflated his travelling expenses, pension contributions etc to make the £140k figure.
Regardless it is irrelevant. The RMT union appears to still have a growing membership compared to many other unions that has falling membership year on year as they do not represent staff.
TSSA are also on strike so I guess it is not all as the media wants to just as usual make Bob Crow the scarecrow.
So what if he goes to Brazil on holiday, how many other working class people do the same,
Who really knows what he earns? Maybe we should ask Bob Crow but. I can anticipate the answer . As for the holiday, I agree but maybe a question of timing is the real point, he does not seem to care really what anybody thinks!
[quote][p][bold]HottRedMan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: Bob Crow, feathers own nest on the back of Union Contributions, to the tune of 145k plus expenses, earning more than Boris Johnson, vast disposable income as lives in Council House, holidays by cruise ship to Brazil, typical Champagne Socialist.[/p][/quote]Bob Crow earns 80k a year, heard it on LBC this evening. The media has inflated his travelling expenses, pension contributions etc to make the £140k figure. Regardless it is irrelevant. The RMT union appears to still have a growing membership compared to many other unions that has falling membership year on year as they do not represent staff. TSSA are also on strike so I guess it is not all as the media wants to just as usual make Bob Crow the scarecrow. So what if he goes to Brazil on holiday, how many other working class people do the same,[/p][/quote]Who really knows what he earns? Maybe we should ask Bob Crow but. I can anticipate the answer . As for the holiday, I agree but maybe a question of timing is the real point, he does not seem to care really what anybody thinks! Villagecranberry
  • Score: 2

6:45am Thu 6 Feb 14

OngarRS says...

An argument takes two people - let's not forget that tw@t. Boris Johnson's, role in all this as well. He seems to be spoiling for a fight, and has got one, just to prove something. "Jaw-Jaw is better than war-war", as the saying goes.

There will be changes, but no need to go at like a bull in a chine shop Boris.
An argument takes two people - let's not forget that tw@t. Boris Johnson's, role in all this as well. He seems to be spoiling for a fight, and has got one, just to prove something. "Jaw-Jaw is better than war-war", as the saying goes. There will be changes, but no need to go at like a bull in a chine shop Boris. OngarRS
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

OngarRS wrote:
An argument takes two people - let's not forget that tw@t. Boris Johnson's, role in all this as well. He seems to be spoiling for a fight, and has got one, just to prove something. "Jaw-Jaw is better than war-war", as the saying goes.

There will be changes, but no need to go at like a bull in a chine shop Boris.
Is the Chine in Dorset by any chance?
[quote][p][bold]OngarRS[/bold] wrote: An argument takes two people - let's not forget that tw@t. Boris Johnson's, role in all this as well. He seems to be spoiling for a fight, and has got one, just to prove something. "Jaw-Jaw is better than war-war", as the saying goes. There will be changes, but no need to go at like a bull in a chine shop Boris.[/p][/quote]Is the Chine in Dorset by any chance? Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

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