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Tube strike: Havering commuters start rush hour from hell

06:00 05 February 2014

Upminster station

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Rush hour is expected to slow to a snail’s pace this morning as commuters cram on buses and trains to avoid the Tube strike.

We will be following all the developments in Havering from stations including Romford and Upminster - the only District Line station with services.

The strike will end at 9.30pm on Thursday night.

The Tube strike will affect services from 9.30pm on Tuesday night to 9.30pm on Thursday night.

District Line trains will be running between Upminster and Wimbledon around every eight minutes in both directions.

Services will not stop at Elm Park, Upminster Bridge or Hornchurch.

Underground workers belonging to the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9.30pm yesterday evening over controversial plans to close Tube station ticket offices and axe hundreds of posts.

Every office in Havering would close as part of the plans, which will save TfL more than £40million a year.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson accused strikers of “holding a gun to [Londoners’] heads” and Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, called the strike “completely unnecessary”.

But the unions said it was needed to try and save ticket offices and protect 750 jobs, although TfL said it would avoid compulsory redundancies.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow called the plans “a kick in the teeth” for long-serving staff.

Keep an eye on our blog here for the latest updates as well as Twitter @RomfordRecorder.

Let us know what you think of the strike by emailing news.desk@romfordrecorder.co.uk or commenting below.

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