London Tube strikes rage against RMT union barons


Nine bosses came under fire on Friday after an underground strike prevented thousands of commuters from getting to work and hit London’s economy hard on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The RMT walk-out closes the Piccadilly line – including no Tube links to and from Heathrow – and the central section of the Central line that serves Oxford Street and Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Businesses said the strike was “shameful”, while Transport Minister Grant Shapps said: “This is the last thing Londoners need.”

Services ran on the Victoria, Jubilee and Northern lines, which were also targeted by the RMT, though not as often as usual.

There was a normal service on the underground lines such as District and District, which was not subject to union action.

Transport for London said that at 9am it ran 58 per cent of the normal services on the tube. Passenger numbers fell by about 30 percent last Friday, but bus travel increased by four percent.

This is likely to mean about 600,000 fewer subway trips during Friday, a total of 2 million. compared to about 2.6 million. last Friday.

There were strikes outside some subway stations, and the RMT declared that the walk-out – over the drivers’ guards to the Night Tube – was “rock solid”. But TfL executives said the RMT had not been as successful as hoped and believe some members showed up for work.

Andy Lord, CEO of the London Underground, told Standard: “I’m disappointed that we got the action in the first place, but quite happy with the level of service we’ve provided. It’s clear that it’s disruptive and we wanted to avoid it if we could.

“The Piccadilly line and the Central line are the most affected. We have full end-to-end service on the other lines, but with reduced frequencies.


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