Travel chaos as Tube & train walkouts spark jams & huge queues for buses

MASS walkouts sparked travel chaos today as Tube and train strikes ground commuters to a halt.

Huge crowds were seen queuing for buses in لندن while traffic built on roads outside the capital first thing.

Long traffic queues built on the A102M Blackwall Tunnel approach in Greenwich, جنوب شرق لندن, هذا الصباح

Long traffic queues built on the A102M Blackwall Tunnel approach in Greenwich, جنوب شرق لندن, هذا الصباحالإئتمان: LNP
Crowds were seen battling their way onto buses outside Stratford station first thing

Crowds were seen battling their way onto buses outside Stratford station first thingالإئتمان: Jeremy Selwyn
Commuters were forced to wait as transport is largely scrapped for the day

Commuters were forced to wait as transport is largely scrapped for the dayالإئتمان: Jeremy Selwyn

حول 10,000 members of the the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) are staging a 24-hour walkout in an ongoing row over jobs and pensions.

اخر 1,100 members of Unite union are striking on the Underground, Croydon Tramlink, and Victoria coach station.

Transport for London’s (TfL) website shows services on the vast majority of Tube lines are suspended, with a very limited operation elsewhere.

There is also disruption to bus services in west and south-west London and parts of Surrey due to a strike by London bus drivers who are members of Unite on Friday and Saturday in a separate dispute over pay.

Sixty-three bus routes are being affected, according to TfL.

أمس, tens of thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite walked out, affecting Network Rail and train operators across the country.

Only around one in five trains ran, with some areas having no services all day.

Transport for London (TfL) yesterday urged people to avoid travelling on the Tube and only travel if essential on the rest of the network today until 8am on Saturday.

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, قالت: “I would like to apologise to our customers for the strike action being carried out by RMT and Unite, which will have a significant impact on the city’s transport network.

I understand how frustrating these strikes are and I’d like to remind the RMT and Unite that it’s not too late to work with us, Arriva Rail London and RATP (which runs the London buses affected by the strike) to find a resolution and avoid the huge disruption this action will cause to people’s journeys and to the economy.

Customers should check before they travel from 18-21 أغسطس, as strike action is impacting different modes of transport each day.

“ل 19 أغسطس, we are urging our customers to avoid travelling on the Tube and only travel if essential on the rest of the network.

We expect little to no service on the Tube until 8am on Saturday 20 August and alternative travel modes are likely to be busy. Please consider walking and cycling if you need to travel.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, قالت: “Discussions on TfL funding are ongoing with the Government, but TfL has been clear that nobody has or will lose their jobs because of the proposals previously set out, and that all changes are always subject to full consultation with staff and trade unions.

Sadiq has also been clear that the Government should not use TfL employee terms and conditions as a bargaining tool in funding negotiations.

The Mayor regularly meets and works with the RMT and other trade unions, and Sadiq welcomes their calls for the Government to bring forward a sustainable funding deal for TfL that is fair and supports London’s recovery and transport workers.

Many commuters were forced to drive into work today as the strikes hit

Many commuters were forced to drive into work today as the strikes hitالإئتمان: LNP
Victoria Station pictured behind its shutter this morning

Victoria Station pictured behind its shutter this morningالإئتمان: Belinda Jiao
Huge queues were seen at bus stops first thing

Huge queues were seen at bus stops first thingالإئتمان: Jeremy Selwyn