Misery strikes again

Marion Dakers
LONDONERS face another day of chaos today as the RMT union continues its strike action.

One in three stations was forced to close yesterday, leaving long queues outside other stations and bus stops.

Yet Transport for London said half of all Tube services ran as planned during the day, adding that it managed to run some trains on all lines except the Waterloo & City.

Nearly 8,000 buses were on the roads, a record for the city, with 40 vintage buses brought back into service to help commuters avoid the Tube.

Barclays Cycle Hire journeys were 50 per cent above the normal daily level.

As the walkouts enter their second full day today, London Underground boss Mike Brown said the city “remain[s] open for business in the face of this pointless RMT strike”. The union intends to stage a three-day strike starting next Monday night unless Underground officials agree to revisit plans to close all Tube ticket offices, which will mean 750 net job losses but £50m in annual savings.