COM­MUTER MIS­ERY: Strikes cause un­der­ground chaos

Un­der­ground strikes causes chaos for city work­ers

Uxbridge Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Goolis­tan Cooper goolis­tan.cooper@trin­i­tymir­

LON­DON­ERS are en­dur­ing a night­mare start to their week thanks to the 24-hour Lon­don Un­der­ground (LU) strike.

Com­muters had to en­dure a hor­ren­dous morn­ing rush hour on Mon­day, which saw Clapham Junc­tion evac­u­ated be­cause of over crowd­ing.

They took to Twit­ter to share their frus­tra­tion and images of huge queues snaking through and out­side train sta­tions.

Jo Eden tweeted: “Oh my God, give them any­thing they want, just make it stop. #TubeStrike.”

In­dus­trial ac­tion com­menced on Sun­day at 6pm and Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) said the ma­jor­ity of Zone 1 sta­tions closed, with parts of some Tube lines run­ning a se­verely re­stricted ser­vice.

The in­dus­trial ac­tion meant key in­ter­change sta­tions such as Vic­to­ria, King’s Cross St Pan­cras, Water­loo, Padding­ton, Eus­ton, Bank and Lon­don Bridge had no Lon­don un­der­ground ser­vice.

Na­tional Rail, Lon­don Over­ground and Dock­lands Light Rail­way ser­vices were run­ning but deal­ing with ex­tra pas­sen­gers, while up to 150 ex­tra buses were on the roads to help peo­ple about the cap­i­tal.

There had been slim hopes the walk-out would be avoided, but 11th hour peace talks be­tween the Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port Work­ers (RMT) union, Trans­port Salar­ied Staffs’ As­so­ci­a­tion (TSSA) and LU failed.

The strike is over staff cuts and ticket of­fice clo­sures.

Lon­don Un­der­ground claims it could have been avoided.

TfL pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on Mon­day morn­ing on how each line was af­fected:

Bak­er­loo Line: Ser­vice op­er­at­ing be­tween Queens Park and Har­row and Weald­stone only, ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery 10 min­utes. No ser­vice on the rest of the line.

Cen­tral Line: Ser­vice op­er­at­ing West Ruis­lip to North Ac­ton, Ep­ping to Liver­pool Street and Hain­ault to Liver­pool Street via New­bury Park and Hain­ault to Wood­ford. No ser­vice on the rest of the line.

Dis­trict Line: Se­vere de­lays from Earls Court to Rich­mond and Eal­ing Broad­way, mi­nor de­lays on the rest of the line.

Ju­bilee Line: Ser­vice op­er­at­ing Stan­more to

Baker Street. No ser­vice on the rest of the line.

Metropoli­tan Line: No ser­vice Baker Street to Aldgate.

North­ern Line: Ser­vice op­er­at­ing Edg­ware to Gold­ers Green and High Bar­net to East Finch­ley and Ken­ning­ton to Mor­den. No ser­vice on the rest of the line.

Pic­cadilly Line: Ser­vice op­er­at­ing Ac­ton Town to Uxbridge, Ham­mer­smith to Heathrow all ter­mi­nals and Cock­fos­ters to Arnos Grove, No ser­vice on the rest of the line.

The RMT union ac­cused the TfL of ped­dling “dan­ger­ous lies” about level of Tube ser­vices op­er­at­ing dur­ing the strike.

Gen­eral sec­re­tary Mick Cash said: “It does no one any favours for TFL to openly lie about how many tube ser­vices are run­ning.

“It just piles more peo­ple into sta­tions that are al­ready dan­ger­ously over­crowded and ramps up the risk of a ma­jor crush­ing in­ci­dent.

“TFL should stop ped­dling their fan­tasy world of ser­vices that are op­er­at­ing when the truth is that Lon­don is on an al­most to­tal shut­down.

“They should cut out this lethal non­sense and get their top Lon­don Un­der­ground bosses back round the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble with a se­ri­ous set of pro­pos­als to set­tle this dis­pute.”

How­ever, it was not all bad news, with a few com­muters grate­ful for the strike

Matt jones tweeted: “Ar­rived @ work nor­mal time. Buses half empty and a quick jour­ney. Bet­ter than sum­mer strikes. 10/10 would go through again #TubeStrike.”

Nor­mal ser­vice was re­sumed on Tues­day morn­ing.

STAND­ING ROOM ONLY: Com­muters take to the buses as Tube ser­vices are heav­ily af­fected by the strikes on Mon­day

WAIT­ING IN LINE: This pic­ture was taken by com­muter Becca Cawthorne at Clapham Junc­tion

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