A tube strike hit London commuters today with most underground lines at least partly suspended and 114 tube stations closed.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) stopped work at 18:30 last night in a row over job cuts.
Managers say that the 800 ticket-office job cuts are justified due to widespread use of Oyster cards, however unions argue that the losses will endanger passengers.
Reports today claimed varying amount of disruption caused by the tube strike.
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said that the strike has caused limited disruption.
“Services are operating on virtually all lines this morning despite the pointless strike,” he said.
“We are doing everything we can to get as many Tube services as possible operating, and to keep Londoners on the move with extra buses, river services, and other alternatives.
“Londoners will face some disruption, but we intend to continue to run services on nearly all Tube lines, meaning that people will be able to get around.”
However the RMT accused TFL of misleading passengers as to the extent of the disruption caused by the strike, saying management had been “reduced to running… ghost trains operating through closed stations as nothing more than a PR stunt”.
General secretary Bob Crow said: “The cynical refusal of the tube bosses to accept a 12-week pause to this dispute to allow a full safety review of the cuts plans station-by-station has led to today’s disruption and tells us all we need to know their attitude to the safety of passengers and staff.”
The freezing weather added to some commuters’ misery as many cycled, walked or waited for buses in the cold.
Twitter is awash with comments about the tube strike.
James Davies said: “Once again I’d like to thank @MayorOfLondon for contining his policy of doing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to help bring an end to the tube strike.”
However mgx22 had an easy journey, tweeting: “what was the point of getting up 2hrs early if i got here quicker than usual AND was able to sit on the tube? this strike is pretty lame.”
Did the tube strike affect your journey this morning?