Tube strike set to cause London travel chaos

A 48-hour walkout by members of the RMT union looks set to cause major disruption to commuters' journeys. Businesses are also warning the industrial action could cost the London economy millions of pounds.

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Old Routemaster buses in service to help with strike

Old Routemaster buses are seen in Vauxhall Bridge Road, London. Credit: PA Wire

Old Routemaster buses were in operation around the capital today as Transport for London attempted to keep London moving during the Tube strike.

TfL said there was a record number of buses on the capital's roads after 266 extra buses were brought in for the first day of the 48-hour walkout.

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'Total chaos created for people just trying to work'

A 48-hour Tube strike has created "total chaos" for Londoners just trying to get to work, one commuter has said.

Emily Toner told ITV London that she was forced to hire a Boris bike because of the crowds at Liverpool Street station:

When arriving at Liverpool Street at the Tube, I discovered the gates were still not open so I resorted to using a Boris bike to get into work.

Total chaos has been caused to good people just trying to get to work.

RMT: Cuts to 'safety-critical' Tube jobs led us to strike

The RMT union said its members were forced to take industrial action as London Underground "have refused to move one inch" over ticket office closures and claimed the operator had breached an agreement the groups had previously reached through Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas).

Despite the spin from LU nothing that they are proposing is about 'modernisation'.

The current plans, closing every ticket office and axing nearly a thousand safety-critical jobs, is solely about massive austerity cuts driven centrally by David Cameron and his Government and implemented by Mayor Boris Johnson.

RMT could have recommended the suspension of this strike action if LU had responded positively to our proposal to halt the implementation of these savage cuts, stopping the dire impact they would have the length and breadth of London Underground.

– RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash

Transport disruption hits London as tube strike begins

A 48-hour strike by London Underground workers began this morning, causing widespread disruption for commuters in the capital.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) started a 48-hour strike at 9pm last night over a long-running dispute about plans to close Tube ticket offices.

The RMT picket line at King's Cross Underground Station this morning. Credit: ITV News/Cheryl Smith

The union says the closure of ticket offices will cost hundreds of job losses and threaten safety, while LU says staff would be better employed on station concourses as only 3% of tickets are bought at ticket offices.

Normal underground services will resume tomorrow night at 9pm before a a three-day stoppage from 9pm next Monday.

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Boris Johnson slams 'union barons' over Tube strike

Boris Johnson has hit out at senior members of the RMT union over the 48-hour strike on London Underground.

The Mayor of London said the strike was only happening because some "union barons" were trying to "flex their muscles" in a bid to succeed former leader Bob Crow, who died in March.

Despite dozens of meetings over several months the RMT chose only on Friday to make fresh demands. It seems they are more interested in fighting over the leadership of the RMT than the interests of their members.

Commuters and businesses will suffer because a few narrow minded union barons are currently flexing their muscles in a fight for the leadership of a union where just 30% of members support a strike.

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