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Tube strike causes havoc for London commuters

DISRUPTION: Commuters at London Bridge Tube station (PA)

MILLIONS OF Londoners have endure travel chaos as Tube workers go on strike for two days over ticket office closures and the loss of jobs.

Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union members walked out last night (Apr 28) at 9pm and will go back to work tomorrow at 8.59pm after talks between the union and London Underground (LU) broke down.

Transport for London said it is aiming to run between 40 – 50 per cent of services.

RMT claim the cuts will risk safety at stations, and acting union boss Mick Cash said the strike was well supported.

He told Radio 4: “They're [LU] looking to make £15m worth of cuts and to do that they want to get rid of every single booking office and a 1,000 jobs.

“Now we took industrial action in February this year and we suspended it following a deal done with our former general secretary, Bob Crow, where they had promised to review every single station.

“And there are over 200 stations and do you know what we've done, is five.”

But LU managing director Mike Brown claimed Cash was talking “nonsense”.

He said: “We agreed that we would start by looking at the different station types, which group into five different types, and we'd look at those first.

“And now we're in the midst of doing the full station by station review starting with the Piccadilly Line.

“So I'm afraid what you've heard from Mick Cash is nonsense.”

The strike will also affect football fans travelling to Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid tomorrow evening at Stamford Bridge, west London.

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