Second Tube Strike Underway

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Services on the Circle, Central and Waterloo and City lines have been suspended and other lines have been disrupted as Commuters face another day of severe disruption on London's Underground.

Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 1830BST on Sunday against plans to cut 800 ticket office jobs. It's the a second 24-hour strike over job cuts.

Transport for London said about 75% of stations on the network were open and trains are operating on eight of London Underground’s eleven lines. 

The Central and Circle Lines are both suspended.

The District Line is suspended between Earls Court and Edgware Road, and between Earls Court and Kensington Olympia and between between Turnham Green and Richmond.

Trains are operating between Ealing Broadway / Wimbledon and Barking only and some stations are closed.

The Hammersmith and City Line is suspended between Shepherds Bush Market and Hammersmith and between between Baker Street and Barking. Trains are operating between Baker Street and Shepherds Bush Market only and some stations are closed.

The Piccadilly Line is suspended between Uxbridge and King's Cross St. Pancras.

All of London’s key stations are operating, including Euston, Waterloo, Clapham North, Heathrow, Kings Cross, Finsbury Park, Paddington, Earl’s Court, and Whitechapel.

TfL is laying on 100 extra buses and has increased capacity to allow for more than 10,000 extra river journeys. Some roadworks have also been delayed in an attempt to reduce travel disruption.

On Sunday, RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: "We have warned repeatedly that TfL's cuts plans are playing fast and loose with safety and will turn the Tube into a death trap.

"We remain available for talks but the current cuts to jobs and safety must be halted before we have a tragedy on our hands."

Howard Collins, Chief Operating Officer of London Underground, said :

'' “It is incredible that the two union leaderships have pursued this action when they have been given cast-iron assurances that the staffing changes we are making come with no compulsory redundancies or loss of earnings, that every station that currently has a ticket office will retain one, and that every station will remain staffed at all times.

''They should now see sense, and call off this pointless strike.”



October 4th 2010