10 Jan 2017

London tube strike creates commuter chaos

10:33 am on 10 January 2017
Commuters walk to work as London Underground services are severely disrupted due to members of RMT and TSSA unions start a 24-hour strike action in a dispute over jobs cuts and closed ticket offices on January 9, 2017.

Commuters walk to work as London Underground services are severely disrupted. The London Euston tube station was among those to close. Photo: AFP

A London tube strike has caused travel chaos for millions of commuters.

Crowds packed pavements and a railway station was evacuated because of overcrowding.

The 24-hour strike has ended, after staff walked out at 6pm (GMT) on Sunday in a dispute over job cuts and ticket office closures.

During Monday's strike, 114 stations closed while 75 had trains running through, but not stopping.

Clapham Junction station was evacuated because of overcrowding.

Millions of Londoners endured a chaotic start to the week on Monday after a strike shut down most of the Underground network, including many city centre stations. Ten of the 11 Tube lines were disrupted by the 24-hour strike by members of the RMT union.

Commuters stand on the concourse at Waterloo station on Monday evening London time, minutes before the 24-hour tube strike ended. Photo: AFP

Transport for London (TfL) said delays would "get worse before they get better", but normal service was expected on Tuesday.

Although trains were now operating on 10 of its 11 Tube lines, most stations that managed to open on Monday would close by 7pm London time.

TfL said 69 percent of stations remained open across the network.

Long delays remain on many roads into central London.


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