Commuter chaos as second day of strike begins

This Is Local London: Passengers wait outside Blackhorse Road station today during the tube strike. Passengers wait outside Blackhorse Road station today during the tube strike.

London is braced for a second day of strike action by Tube workers.

The walk-out, called by the RMT and TSSA unions, is a protest against the loss of 950 jobs and a plan to close all manned ticket offices.

Many stations and bus routes experienced overcrowding, with the RMT accusing Transport for London of putting customers at serious risk.

By the evening, TfL said a third of normal services were runnning on nine out of 11 lines, with 70 per cent of stations open.

An increased service is operating on the Central line this morning, with services between Marble Arch and Epping, and Hainault via Newbury Park every seven minutes.

Victoria line trains are operating between Brixton and Seven Sisters every five minutes.

The Overground is operating a good service, however slow moving traffic is already being reported on major routes in and out of London.

Services are expected to return to normal by Friday morning.

TfL say, the closures, which they expect will save £50m a year, are due to only three per cent of journeys utilising a ticket office due to passengers using ticket machines or online services rather than buying tickets face-to-face.

Unions have said they will take part in talks tomorrow aimed at resolving the dispute before another 48-hour strike begins on Tuesday. 

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11:39am Thu 6 Feb 14

HottRedMan says...

Its bad enough they would close the ticket offices, but in some cases 1 person would be responsible for looking after 5 stations.
That £50million could be saved by stop donating billions of pounds to countries overseas to do jack crap. Charity begins at home!!!
Its bad enough they would close the ticket offices, but in some cases 1 person would be responsible for looking after 5 stations. That £50million could be saved by stop donating billions of pounds to countries overseas to do jack crap. Charity begins at home!!! HottRedMan

12:11pm Thu 6 Feb 14

sappho_ says...

Might want to fix the typo on your caption! 'Blackhores Road Station' indeed...
Might want to fix the typo on your caption! 'Blackhores Road Station' indeed... sappho_

12:59pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

Bob Crow has for the second day gripped the commuter's thr
Bob Crow has for the second day gripped the commuter's thr Villagecranberry

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