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Crow dubbed "Rio Bob" by Transport Secretary

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Union leader Bob Crow should be renamed "Rio Bob" after he decided to go on holiday to Brazil the week before the Tube strike, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said today.

Mr McLoughlin said Mr Crow's decision to go on holiday to Rio de Janeiro made it very difficult for talks to take place between his union, the RMT, and the mayor of London, Boris Johnson.

Replying to a question from Labour MP Dennis Skinner, McLoughlin replied "You say it takes two to talk but if one of the main leaders is out of the country - Rio Bob, I think we should start to call him - then it is very difficult to have those conversations."


Last day struggling in for Londoners

Commuters waiting at a bus stop at King's Cross Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Commuters are reporting long queues and delays for buses across London this morning on the last day of this week's tube strike.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions will end their 48-hour walkout at 9pm tonight and officials will meet Underground bosses tomorrow to try to resolve a row over the closure of Tube ticket offices.

London Underground said more trains were running to more destinations and more stations than yesterday.

Commuters enjoy the walk


My walk is a little busier and slower due to the 3688437854 extra people walking because of #tubestrike #swarm


Fabulous walk to work this morning from Waterloo - along the south bank. Thanks Bob! #tubestrike #thames


Yesterday night I walked 8 km to home with ease because of the #tubestrike. Now fully prepared for a complete marathon.

Stratford area busy


Reports coming in that the route 25 is busier than yesterday in the Stratford area. #tubestrike


There is currently a moderate crowd at Stratford waiting for buses. Buses delayed up to 30mins in the area #tubestrike


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