Tube Strike: Lines Open Despite 'Solid' Support
Union leaders say a 48-hour strike by Tube workers has been "solidly" supported, despite all 11 London Underground lines opening to passengers.
Transport for London (TfL) said the Northern and Victoria lines were running a good service, as commuters headed to work on the second day of the walk-out over plans to close ticket offices and cut jobs.
However, a special service was operating on other routes beneath the capital and there were queues for buses and trains as passengers made alternative travel plans.
The latest bout of industrial action in a long-running row involving members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is due to end at 9pm.
The union's acting general secretary, Mick Cash, accused London Underground of refusing to budge from an "entrenched position" and "flagrantly violating" promises.
"It's scandalous that TfL is blowing what we estimate to be hundreds of thousands of pounds on politically-motivated adverts and propaganda designed to deflect attention from (Mayor of London) Boris Johnson's broken promises," he added.
London Underground said half of its services ran yesterday and two-thirds of stations were open - much more than during another stoppage in February.
Managing director Mike Brown said 15% more staff were at work on Tuesday compared to the previous strike and appealed for fresh talks.
He added: "It's infuriating that London's commuters and businesses are the ones being forced to pay the price with this unnecessary disruption."
According to TfL, almost 90% of the usual number of Oyster cards were used on its network on Tuesday.
Mr Johnson said any suggestion the strike enjoys strong support is "farcical".
"This action is the result of a minority of just one union, the RMT, which is refusing to see the logic of what we're trying to achieve," he added.
Another three-day strike is planned for next week.