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Commuters face further travel misery as Tube strike continues
Commuters have faced another morning of travel disruptions and delays as London Underground staff continue to strike over plans to close ticket offices.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT) and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) walked out shortly after 9pm on Tuesday night, causing travel misery for thousands of commuters across the capital.
Today the Bakerloo line is running from Queens Park to Elephant & Castle every ten minutes, but there is no service on the rest of the line.
The Metropolitan line is running between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate every ten minutes, and the Piccadilly line is only running between Hammersmith and Heathrow terminal 1,2,3 every 12 minutes and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters every ten minutes.
The Jubilee line is running between Stanmore and Finchley Road and between Waterloo and Stratford every five minutes, but has no service on the rest of the line, while the Northern Line is currently running a “good service”.
Despite yesterday’s disruption, Transport for London has said 86 per cent of its regular Oyster customers travelled either on the Tube, rail, bus, DLR or London Overground services.
The strike, which was planned to last 48 hours, should come to an end at 9.30pm this evening but services are not due to return to normal until tomorrow morning.
The walk-out has raised concerns on both sides, with some worried about the potential loss of 950 jobs if the ticket offices are closed, while others argue LU should do what it can to save money and provide a better quality service.
Independent Councillor Brian Coleman joined the debate on the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio Two yesterday. He dubbed the strike a “silly row over modern progress” and criticised LU staff for causing commuters “48 hours of hell”.
TSSA leader Manuel Cortes has said it is time for the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to "get serious".
He said: "We want no more stunts or pr baloney from Boris. No more talk of a secret army of volunteers marching to London's rescue.
"We want serious and detailed talks on our genuine fears for the safety and security of passengers and staff under these far reaching plans."
The Times and Independent Series is waiting for a statement from the Mayor’s office.
Meanwhile a spokesman for Acas, a conciliation service, has said the parties in the London Underground dispute have agreed "to come in and continue exploratory talks" tomorrow.