Strike on the “Tube” causes London commuter havoc

Tuesday, September 7, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Stefano Ambrogi
Reuters.com
Tue Sep 7, 2010

(Reuters) – Millions of London commuters struggled to get to and from work on Tuesday as a 24-hour strike by workers on the capital’s underground rail system disrupted much of the network, hurting the city’s convalescent economy. Passengers took to bikes and buses, walked, or made use of extra boat services on the River Thames that snakes through the city in a bid to beat the stoppage, called in protest against 800 job cuts driven by austerity measures.

The London Chamber of Commerce said the capital’s economy would lose 48 million pounds ($74 million) for every day the underground was shut.

A normal service on the 250-mile (400-km) underground network was not expected until Wednesday morning after staff returned to work late on Tuesday.

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