Londoners Suffer Travel Chaos as Strike Shuts Tube

Commuters at Earls Court underground station, awaiting the arrival of a train, attempt to complete their journey on Wednesday evening, in London
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Millions of Londoners faced misery as they tried to get to work on Thursday as a 24-hour strike by staff and drivers brought the British capital’s underground rail network to a complete halt.

London Underground bosses said no trains would run all day on the “Tube”, as the world’s oldest underground passenger railway is known, because of the stoppage which follows a dispute over plans for new night services.

Commuters who usually use the underground network were forced to walk, cycle, battle to find taxis, or cram onto crowded buses while many simply stayed at home.

Transport bosses said they had put on extra river boat services and 200 more buses to cope, and marshals were positioned at rail stations to help manage extra demand as long queues snaked down nearby streets.

“There are plenty of industries which have to work nights and London is a 24/7 city,” said Mark Crosby, waiting for a bus at Epping station in northeast London. “Everyone has a right to their own view, but I don’t think they should have gone on strike.”

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