Tube Strike Causes Gridlock in London

By Paul Riegler on 10 January 2017
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DSC_0679A London Underground strike left the city paralyzed and wet as travelers and commuters tried to get around without public transportation.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union as well as the Transport Salaried Staff’s Association walked off the job late Sunday in a dispute over job cuts and ticket office closures.

The dispute resulted in the closure of most underground lines. The Tube is used by some 4.8 million passengers each day.

The Victoria and Waterloo & City lines as well as key interchange stations including Bank, Euston, London Bridge, King’s Cross, Waterloo, and Victoria, were closed. Service was reduced on the District and Circle & Hammersmith lines.

City streets were crowded with people holding umbrellas and dodging puddles due to the rain. Traffic was heavy along main routes such as Euston Road, and buses were overflowing, as were the lines of people at bus stops waiting to board. Many buses had to turn away passengers because they were already full.

The strike ended late Monday but many lines remained shut or offered limited service as officials struggled to reposition equipment and staff.

Although the Tube strike is over, the after effects mean that many lines will reduce in operation during the evening rather than increase.

“We are expecting a full service to resume in the morning,” said Transport for London, which operates the city’s public transit, in a tweet late Monday.

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