Tube strike chaos spills into SECOND day: Commuters rage as Underground stations are SHUT until 8am today… 24 hours after TfL staff staged walkout
- Tube stations remain closed until 8am today when services are set to resume
- Just one out of eleven Underground lines is currently running but is part closed
- Commuters say they are unable to get to work amid the chaos caused by strikes
Commuters face another morning of battling to get to work as yesterday’s 24-hour Tube strike leaves stations closed and usual services not scheduled to resume until around 8am.
Members of the public were left fuming and unable to take their usual route to work in the early morning of Friday after 10,000 workers walked out on Thursday, bringing the capital to a grinding halt.
Some are reporting that Underground stations remain closed as TfL warns the public to expect severe disruption into this morning.
Separately train drivers and bus drivers both announced a set of new strikes for the end of this month yesterday, with both planning a walkout for November 26.
As of 6.30am on Friday ten Underground lines remained completely closed, while only the Northern Line was partially open.
TfL are warning passengers that services will not return to normal until ‘mid-morning’ – but it is not clear at what point services will begin operating again.
Commuters have complained of the lack of precise information as to the level of disruption on Friday morning and when it will end.
One social media employee for Transport for London told a frustrated passenger Tube services will resume at some point after 8am.
A crowd of commuters gather outside London Bridge station, which remained closed early this morning
A board tells passengers attempting to travel via London Bridge station today that the station will open ‘much later than usual’
Commuters resort to buses instead of taking the Tube after being surprised to find stations still closed at almost 8am on Friday
The vast majority of Tube stations remained closed this morning as just one line was partially operating
Blackhorse Road Station is among those shut on Friday morning as commuters battle to get to work
Tube services as of 6.30am on Friday morning
The London Overground, Elizabeth Line and DLR are all currently running a good service, with the Croydon Tram Link running with minor delays.
One angry commuter wrote on twitter: ‘Why is Epping Tube station closed? Lots of people unable to get a train to work.
‘Come on you guys had a day off yesterday, should be raring to get on with some work today’
The RMT said this week that TfL had refused its offer to suspend strike action. Workers from Unite are also joining the walkout.
The dispute is over TfL proposals to reduce staffing numbers at stations by 10 percent and review its employees’ pension scheme – after an agreement made with central government for a funding settlement to shore up its finances after the pandemic.
The RMT said it asked TfL to pause job cuts and detrimental pension changes to give both sides the space to come to a negotiated settlement.
The 24-hour action is the latest in a long-running dispute with TfL bosses who are struggling to balance the books in the aftermath of the pandemic.
Unions have caused travel chaos for millions this year by staging five other similar strikes, some scheduled to coincide with National Rail action to cripple the country.
Millions now face a struggle to get to work, while those who can work from home instead.
Congestion in London by 8am on Thursday was up almost 50 percent on this time last year, bringing the city to a near standstill, according to analysts TomTom.
But the location technology firm said there was only a small change when compared to last week.
Many due to travel today expressed anger at the rail workers as they faced yet another disrupted journey to work.
One commuter pointed out the extra costs of travel caused by the strike as the cost of living crisis bites, saying they have had to pay multiple bus fares due to the length of time it takes to travel across London.
Another said: ‘The Tube strike was yesterday. No Tube from Highbury and Islington this morning.
‘Unacceptable disregard for the public and inconvenience caused. Again.’
This story is being updated.