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London Tube Strike Ends; Another Imminent?

June 11, 2009 By: Jena Tesse Fox


The leader of the RMT union today threatened to call a second London Tube strike within a fortnight if the union's demands are not met, The Times is reporting.

As Londoners endured their second day of the strike, Bob Crow said that if there were no progress in talks with Transport for London then he would not hesitate to call thousands of members of Tube staff out on strike again within days.

The 48-hour stoppage that began on Tuesday night is due to end at 7 p.m. Commuters have been warned that the Underground will still be disrupted this evening, with services not expected to return to normal until tomorrow morning.

Five of the 11 Underground lines were offering a partial service during the morning rush hour, and the Northern Line, while very busy, was operating almost as normal.

By this afternoon seven lines were offering a partial service and a further two—the Northern and the Jubilee—were operating close to normally. Only the Circle and the Waterloo & City lines remained suspended.

Trams, overground trains and the Docklands Light Railway were operating with some delays.

The worst effects of the strike were being felt by drivers, with a second day of gridlock on the approach roads into Central London. Travelers told of spending three hours in traffic to go eight miles.

Bus passengers have also endured long waits to board overcrowded buses, despite an extra 100 vehicles being put into service.

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