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Widespread disruption as Tube workers walk off job
Commuters’ journeys are being disrupted across the area this morning after Tube workers began a 48-hour strike last night.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9pm for 48 hours in protest at the closure of all ticket offices, with the loss of 950 jobs.
Central line services are running from Epping to Leytonstone every 15 minutes in both directions.
Victoria line trains are operating from Victoria to Seven Sisters.
Greater Anglia is reporting that all services to Stratford are subject to 15 minute delays due to overcrowding and Transport for London says a large crowd is waiting for buses there.
Extra passengers are expected on the Chingford to Liverpool Street line.
Around 100 extra buses are to be used across London.
Meanwhile TfL says there are increased queues on most major roads to London.
Overground services on the Barking to Gospel Oak line are expected to run as normal but London Underground has advised that in the event of overcrowding stations may be closed until crowds clear.
Commuters are advised to allow extra times for journeys.
The limited Tube service is planned until Friday morning.
Workers from the RMT and TSSA unions walked off the job at 9pm last night in a protest against the proposed closure of all ticket offices across London.
Transport for London plans to shut the offices and cut 950 jobs.
They say three per cent of journeys utilise a ticket office due to passengers using streamlined technology in lieu of buying tickets face-to-face.
TfL claim the plans will save £50m a year.
A second 48-hour strike is planned for 9pm on February 11.
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