Commuters endure travel disruption during fourth Tube strike
PUBLISHED: 09:35 29 November 2010 | UPDATED: 10:08 29 November 2010
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The fourth Tube strike since August has left commuters enduring disruption to their journeys this morning, with Aldgate East, Bethnal Green and Bow Road underground stations closed.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) stopped work at 6.30pm yesterday (November 28) to stage a 24 hour walk-out over plans to cut ticket office jobs.
Around 80 stations are closed and all lines are at least partly suspended.
The Circle line is suspended and the Hammersmith & City line is suspended between Moorgate and Barking, with a special service in operation between Hammersmith and Moorgate.
On the Central line, a special service is operating between West Ruislip/Ealing Broadway and White City and between Hainault/Epping and Holborn.
Special services are also running on the Bakerloo line between Elephant & Castle and Queens Park, on the District line between Wimbledon/Ealing Broadway and Upminster, on the Jubilee line between Wembley Park and Stratford, on the Piccadilly line between Kings Cross St Pancras and Cockfosters and between Acton Town and Heathrow and on the Victoria line between Walthamstow Central and Victoria.
On the Metropolitan and Northern lines special services are running to all destinations and a good service is running on the Docklands Light Railway.
On the Overground, there are minor delays on the Gospel Oak to Barking line due to the strike action and on the Stratford to Richmond line server delays are occurring due to earlier signalling problems.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “London Underground and Transport for London might want to gamble on tube safety but RMT and TSSA will not.
“This strike is about safety and we will be taking that message to passengers as we build the campaign against tube cuts.”
Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground and London Rail, said: “Londoners will face some disruption, but we intend to run services on nearly all Tube lines.”