North London commuters face travel chaos during tube strike
COMMUTERS faced huge delays and disruptions to their journeys today as London Underground workers took part in a second 24-hour strike.
Transport for London (TfL) said that 75 per cent of tube stations are open, but the Central and Circle Lines have been suspended and there are part suspensions on other lines.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 18.30 yesterday (Sunday) over 800 job cuts, which have been proposed mainly in ticket offices.
The strike is due to finish at 7pm tonight but disruptions are expected to continue throughout the evening.
Howard Collins, chief operating officer of London Underground, said: “We are doing everything to run as many tube services as possible and, although Londoners will doubtless face some disruption getting to work, 75 per cent of stations are open and 30 per cent of Tube trains are running. The paralysis of London predicted by the leadership of two unions has failed to materialise.”
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According to TfL, a good service is operating on the Northern line but Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Hampstead, Mornington Crescent, Tufnell Park and Angel stations are all closed.
• The Bakerloo line is operating between Queen’s Park and Elephant and Castle.
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• The Victoria line is operating between Seven Sisters and Brixton.
• The Jubilee line is operating between Wembley Park and Stratford, but some stations, including Swiss Cottage, are closed.
• The District line is operating between Wimbledon/Ealing Broadway in the west and Barking in the east.
• On the Metropolitan line, trains are operating between Amersham/Uxbridge and Baker Street but some stations are closed.
• The Piccadilly line is operating a service between Acton Town and Heathrow 123.
• The Hammersmith & City line is operating between Shepherd’s Bush Market and Baker Street.
Commuters faced similar disruption when London Underground workers took part in a 24-hour strike last month.
TfL reported that good services are operating on the bus network, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), and London Overground. However, passengers are advised to check their journey before travelling at www.tfl.gov.uk.