Londoners struggled to get to work as a two-day subway strike snarled most of the network, leaving commuters to compete for bicycles and bus seats.
Bloomberg News reports that the walkout, called by the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union to protest possible job cuts and ticket-office closures, started at 9 p.m. and continues until Wednesday. Talks to avert the strike, which will be followed by another three days of disruptions next week, ended without a deal Tuesday.
London’s Tube is used for more than 3m journeys each day and 57,000 passengers enter Waterloo, the busiest station, during the three-hour morning peak, according to Transport for London, which runs the subway. Commuters squashed onto buses, trains and London’s 10,000 for-hire 'Boris bikes' to cross the capital.
Mayor Boris Johnson called the strike 'pointless' as London Underground says shutting nearly all ticket offices is part of the plan to modernize the world’s oldest subway. No redundancies will be compulsory and no one will see their wages cut as a result of the changes, Mike Brown, managing director of the network said in a statement.
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