The Underground is running a reduced service until Friday morning after the 48-hour walkout by RMT and TSSA unions over plans to close ticket offices and axe some 900 jobs.

The unions want those plans scrapped. Transport for London says it will save £50 million a year and help to modernise the system.

The strike began at 9pm last night and because of the vastly diminished services and closure of many stations there have been severe delays today.

The government said it was looking “very, very closely” at plans to declare London Underground an essential service to curb the threat of future strikes which would mean the Underground bosses would be required to keep a core level of services going regardless of any industrial action.

TfL urged customers to use alternative transport and walk.

London Mayor Boris Johnson apologised for the “delay and inconvenience” caused by the strike, describing it as “completely pointless”.

Pictures uploaded to Twitter showed severe overcrowding at stations, in the streets and on buses.

Victoria station and Earl’s Court were particularly bad.

You can check a list of stations that are open here.

Good luck with your evening commute.

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