Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


London tube strike causes chaos for millions

05 February 2014, 17:32

London - Millions of commuters in London faced travel chaos on Wednesday on the first full day of a 48-hour tube strike by London Underground staff over planned job cuts and the closure of ticket offices.

Staff from the two main unions began the first of two planned 48-hour strikes late on Tuesday evening and by rush hour on Wednesday commuters faced long waiting times for over-crowded buses and trains as strong winds battered Britain's capital.

The world's oldest and largest underground rail network, which carries over three million passengers a day, will run very limited services until Thursday evening.

Many people were unable to get into work despite extra buses being put into in service, while others resorted to jogging and cycling to avoid the gridlocked roads. Commuters on packed train platforms posted photos on Twitter of the chaos.

Lauren Sweeney, a legal PA, said it would take an extra 30 minutes on top of her usual one hour journey to get from her home in Hornchurch in east London to her office near Liverpool Street in the city of London.

"It's a hassle. Everyone has been talking about how they are going to get in to work for days," Sweeney, aged 26, told Reuters.

"It is pain but on this one I can understand why they are striking," she added.

The RMT and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) unions called the strike to protest against London Underground's plans to cut up to 1 000 job and close ticket offices as part of its modernisation of the network.

A second 48-hour strike is planned for next week from 11-14 February.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...