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Tube strike: Upminster station

14:56 05 February 2014

Upminster station

Upminster station

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Tube strikes have been affecting commuters all over London this morning and Upminster has been no different.

At 7am this morning at Upminster station, in St Lawrence Road, Upminster, there were few people rushing to catch any trains but more than 20 looking bewildered about if any of them were actually in use.

But once they made their way onto the platforms, it seemed for a little while as if the strike was not happening, with not many commuters waiting and those trains that did arrive, were on time.

However, the mood among those travelling was not particularly sympathetic.

Toni, 37, from Upminster, who was commuting to the East India Docks, said: “The strikes shouldn’t be taking place, as they’re disrupting thousands of journeys for no reason and all for the sake of trying to help the few.”

Outside Upminster station were several taxi drivers and one commented: “We’ll be very busy tonight when people want to come home from work.

He continued: “It is a disgrace what’s going on, no one caring about how it makes their days a lot harder.”

The TSSA (Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association) and RMT (Rail Maritime Transport) unions are refusing to work due to the closure of ticket offices, meaning hundreds of planned job cuts.

Then while trying to make his way to Canary Wharf, James Schofield, said: “It’s terrible that ticket officers will be losing their jobs but they’re messing up everyone else’s days which is selfish.”

Yet one commuter, who wished to stay anonymous, said: “Where would we be without ticket officers? If we had to rely on those ticket machines alone and they weren’t working, there would be nothing we could do.”

The strike will be lasting for 48 hours until early on Friday morning where normal services are planned to resume as normal.

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