Havering commuters tube misery

COMMUTERS are set to face more delays on their journeys home tonight as the third London Underground strike this year draws to a close.

The industrial action between the RMT and the TSSA unions is due to finish tonight at around 9pm, but services are not expected to get back to normal until Thursday November 4 (tomorrow).

The transport body says more services are running than during the last strike, with 70 per cent of stations being served and 40% of London’s tube service was due to be operating this morning.

A special service is running through the East End on the District Line between Upminster and Ealing Broadway and Wimbledon and on the Central Line, although Bethnal Green Underground Station was closed this morning due to strike action.

The Hammersmith and City line is only operating between Hammersmith and Edgware Road and the Circle line is suspended.

Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, said: “We are doing everything we can to keep as many Tube services as possible operating today and more trains will be coming into service as the day goes on.

“Londoners will face some disruption, but over 40 per cent of Tube trains are running with services on all but one line, meaning that the city is not paralysed and people are able to get around. More services are operating than during the last strike, exceeding our earlier expectations.”

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Services are operating on the buses, DLR, and London Overground.

Extra bus services have been provided, along with extra capacity for an additional 10,000 journeys on river services, marshalled taxi ranks, and guided cycle rides.

Volunteers are on hand at bus, Tube, and rail stations to help passengers and distribute walking maps and other useful information.

The strike is over plans to cut 800 station staff from underground stations in London and 2,000 jobs are also believed to be under threat.