Tube strike in London caused transport chaos

Source : 112 Ukraine

The reason for the protest was job cuts, which led to a shortage of staff at Metro stations
14:55, 9 January 2017

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Traffic collapse occurred in London due to the strike of underground workers, The Telegraph reported.

According to the report, almost all the central subway stations as well as the subway stations on the main London railway stations (Waterloo, King's Cross, Euston, London Bridge, Paddington and Victoria) were closed since yesterday evening.

Also, trains on 4 and 5 terminals of London Heathrow Airport ceased to work.

As a consequence, there were traffic jams even on small roads in residential areas of London in the morning, cars on the highways are moving at a minimum speed, in spite of the intense work of ground transport, crowds gather at bus stops, and Clapham Junction Railway Station had to be evacuated because of the excessive accumulation of people.

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At the same time it is noted that the strike of underground workers took place at the first full-time working day of this year, as in the past week winter holidays were continued in many organizations and schools, so it can lead to the fact that tens of thousands of children will be late to school today, and adults - to work.

The reason for the protest was the job cuts, which led to a shortage of staff at the metro stations. This, according to trade unions workers from RMT and TSSA, not only results in excessive stress on the remaining employees of underground, but also endangers the safety of passengers.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan also criticized the protest action: "This strike is going to be a huge inconvenience to commuters, tourists and TfL staff, and it is pointless. There is a good deal sitting on the table that will ensure station safety and staffing levels across the Tube network. I am willing to carry on negotiations. This historic dispute has nothing to do with the millions of Londoners this strike is punishing. It must be called off."

It is expected that the strike will end at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. Kyiv time), as it was announced for a day. However, the authorities predict that the normal operation of the subway is unlikely to recover until tomorrow.

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