Tube Strike Causes Passenger Chaos

(BBC) – MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE FACING TRAVEL CHAOS as a 48-hour strike by London’s Tube staff is causing massive disruption to services.

The strike began at 1859 on Tuesday after talks broke down between London Underground (LU) bosses and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union.

Currently there is a service on the Northern Line while five other lines are partly-suspended.

Docklands Light Railway and London Overground are operating as normal.

Transport for London (TfL) said about 100 extra buses have been made available and a free river shuttle service is also on offer.

Escorts are also leading cyclists across the capital and extra parking will be in place for bicycles. TfL has also introduced a taxi-sharing scheme at all major rail stations.

Pay-as-you-go Oyster cards will also be accepted on national rail operators on rail routes ‘that mirror Tube journeys’ in Greater London, a TfL spokesman said

Northern Line – good service
District Line – Wimbledon to High Street Kensington
Jubilee Line – Stanmore to Neasden; Waterloo to Stratford
Metropolitan Line – Harrow-on-the-Hill to Baker Street
Piccadilly Line – Arnos Grove to Cockfosters
Victoria Line – Seven sisters to Victoria
Bakerloo Line – suspended
Central Line – suspended
Circle Line – suspended
Hammersmith and City Line – suspended
Waterloo and City – suspended

People have been urged by TfL to check before they travel and to consider alternative ways of getting to work such as walking and cycling.

TfL workers will also distribute walking maps at central London rail and Tube stations.

However, despite the walkout, TfL said a good service was running on the Northern line while there was a reduced service on the District line between between Wimbledon to High St Kensington.

The Jubilee line was also running a reduced service between Stanmore and Neasden, and Waterloo to Stratford and on the Metropolitan line trains were running a reduced service between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Baker Street.

The Piccadilly line was operating a reduced service between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters and on the Victoria Line trains were running from Seven Sisters to Victoria.

The Bakerloo, Central, Circle, Hammersmith and City, and Waterloo and City are completely suspended.

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