March 8 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Passengers face delays and disruption today as they try to get to work or travel in London after a strike went ahead over Tube ticket office closures.
Reduced services were running on most lines, while many Tube stations were closed, causing travel chaos.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9pm last night for 48 hours in protest at the closure of all ticket offices, with the loss of 950 jobs.
Services were hit last night immediately after the strike started, and disruption is set to be widespread today.
Queues started building up at bus stops before dawn as commuters switched to other forms of transport.
Some workers decided to drive into the capital, making roads busier than normal.
Train passengers were also having problems because of a return to the wet and windy weather which
Politicians have condemned the industrial action, with Conservatives again calling for changes to employment laws covering the numbers voting for strikes in a ballot.
London’s mayor Boris Johnson called the strike “pointless” and urged the unions to call it off and return to talks.
Bob Crow and Manuel Cortes, leaders of the RMT and TSSA unions, accused the mayor of refusing to meet them to discuss the ticket office closures.
As the row raged, commuters and other passengers faced travel misery until services return to normal on Friday.
Another 48-hour strike is planned from 9pm next Tuesday.
Business groups warned the strikes will cost London’s economy tens of millions of pounds.