11 Jun 2009

London tube strike causes chaos

7:50 am on 11 June 2009

Millions of people have been enduring travel chaos in London because of a 48-hour strike on the British capital's tube system.

Faced with closed stations and enormous queues for buses, millions of people either walked, cycled or even roller-skated to work.

Supporters heading to an England soccer World Cup qualifier against Andorra at Wembley were also affected.

London Underground drivers, station staff and maintenance workers walked out at 7pm on Tuesday (local time) in support of industrial action over pay and jobs.

The walkout fully shut down five of the 11 subway lines in the city.

The 250-mile underground network normally runs over 500 trains at peak hours and carries some 3.5 million passengers a day.