More Disruption As Tube Strike Draws To End
Commuters in London face more disruption during their journey home on Wednesday as the final hours of a Tube strike takes place.
The 48-hour strike, called by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, ends at 9pm, but Underground services are not expected to return to normal until Thursday morning.
Passengers could also face being shut out of stations after Transport for London (TfL) said they could close "without warning" during the afternoon for shift changeovers.
Special services were operating on routes beneath the capital and queues for buses and trains were expected again during rush hour on Wednesday evening.
London Underground (LU) and the RMT clashed over the level of support for the strike action, with the union claiming platforms and stations were "dangerously overcrowded" and the public were being "misled".
Acting general secretary Mick Cash said: "It helps no one for LU to deliberately mislead the public as to what services are available as it simply piles dangerous levels of pressure on to ghost trains and skeleton operations, leaving passengers and staff at risk."
LU managing director Mike Brown said 15% more staff were at work during this strike and appealed for fresh talks.
He said: "Under our plans to modernise the Tube, we are committed to a safe railway with visible staff personally serving our passengers."
London Mayor Boris Johnson attacked RMT claims the strike had been "solidly supported".
He said: "This action is the result of a minority of just one union, the RMT, who are refusing to see the logic of what we are trying to achieve."
Passengers were unable to get on some London Overground trains in north-west London during the morning because they were so full the doors could not shut.
Commuters were forced to wait 20 minutes to try and get on the next service.
Another three-day strike is planned for next week.