Today’s Tube strike has definitely spoilt that TGI Friday feeling for Londoners. Not to mention the Friday before the much-awaited Bank holiday weekend starts.
The strike on the Central and Waterloo & City line has caused severe disruption in London with some services being severely limited.
While the Waterloo & City line is shut today, there are severe delays on the Central line which is only running between Leytonstone – Epping and White City – Ealing Broadway.
Union members are striking over working conditions of Tube drivers. The ASLEF union said that 90% of its members supported the action due to London Underground’s “failure to treat drivers with the respect and dignity they deserve”.
Londoners took to Twitter to vent out their frustrations over journey diruptions.
Still people queuing for the bus at Leytonstone. No trains to Stratford due to strike. pic.twitter.com/eRQvprd1Xn
— Charlotte Franks (@Charliefranks) August 22, 2014
When am I going to get value for money on my season ticket @centralline ? I pay you a fortune, now stop striking and get me to work
— Matt Gubbins (@mattgubbins) August 22, 2014
Morning commuter hell, no @centralline means I have to get a zillion buses into central from Perivale this morning. Sort it out tfl
— Shadie Claire (@ShadieClaire) August 22, 2014
Really annoyed at this @centralline #trainstrike!
— Nigel Ip (@nigelip) August 22, 2014
Bus face #tubestrike#grumpypic.twitter.com/5LsQaHivBK
— Andrew McLean (@MrAndrewMcLean) August 22, 2014
Thanks for making me severely late for work today @TfLOfficial #tubestrike
— Richard Wilkins (@RichW1988) August 22, 2014
In a statement, Finn Brennan of ASLEF said: ‘We worked hard to resolve this dispute. Working right up to the last minute to try and persuade management to agree to abide by agreements they have made. We are bitterly disappointed it has come to this and management aren’t prepared to resolve these problems.
“Our members will not tolerate a situation where vulnerable people leave sickness review meetings in tears and drivers with years and years of good and long service are threatened with disciplinary action for a delay of 33 seconds in leaving a terminus.
“LUL [London Underground Limited] is also cutting annual refresher training for drivers on the Central line by 20%. This flies in the face of recommendations made by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch in its report into the ‘uncontrolled evacuation’ of a train at Holland Park last August which recommended staff on the line needed additional training.”
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