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  1. Updates on Monday 9 January

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Tube strike live coverage

As this aerial footage shows from earlier, it's been a day where commuters have had to deal with longer journeys than usual.

Updates on the Tube strike have ended for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for London.

You can keep up to date with the latest travel information from TfL here.

Underground to remain disrupted until Tuesday morning

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Although the Tube strike is over, the after effects mean that many lines will reduce in operation during the evening rather than increase.

This is because of aspects such as staff displacement and shift patterns making it unsafe to open stations.

And those that are open already, are likely to close earlier than normal as well.

Damp and slow journey home

Tim Stokes

BBC News

It will be a damp and long journey home for many commuters from central London this evening.

While Oxford Circus is quieter than usual because of the station being closed, the pavements along Oxford Street are crowded with people holding umbrellas and dodging around puddles.

Bus queue

At bus stops around the West End there are long lines of people hoping to squeeze on to buses. When services arrive, many are turned away because the buses are too full.

On the roads there are plenty of buses, taxis and cyclists, with heavy traffic along main routes like Euston Road.

Busy bus

At some stations including Goodge Street and Warren Street people are queuing outside the gates, hoping Tubes will begin running again this evening.

Given the lack of staff inside the stations, it seems like they will be waiting for a while.

Watch: Commuter views on the strike

Londoners appeared silently resigned to commutes that were taking up to an hour longer than usual.

They told BBC News their views.

Social media reacts to the strike

Social media has been in overdrive today as people struggled into and now back from work. 

Alex Bushill has a round up of some of the popular ones being shared.

Oxford Circus to remain closed

Students say Tube strike has affected university exams

Today was the first day of exams for many university students. 

The strike meant some arrived late or missed their assessments altogether. 

Education Reporter Marc Ashdown has the story.   

Scene at King's Cross

A novel method of transport during the Tube strike

While a lot of people took to London's streets on their feet, Jamie Harrop used his hands

We can't confirm if his whole journey was completed this way....

Warren Street to remain closed?

The automated tannoy system has said stations will probably be closed for the entire day but people are ignoring that and are still queuing. 

Our reporter added there was no sign yet of staff.

Commuters outside Warren Street Station

Heading to Waterloo?

If you're heading home from Waterloo check out BBC News's Snapchat, as they're heading there now to see what it's like. 

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Strike ends

The 24-hour Tube strike by union members has now finished however TfL has said disruption will last throughout the evening. 

Queues as commuters wait for strike to end

The strike is to finish at 18:00.

Queues outside Tube station

Commuters try to get home via buses

TfL Bus alerts has the latest on the service. 

Oxford Street bus queue
Bus queue

Tube strike delays will 'get worse before they get better'

Transport for London (TfL) has warned that problems on the Tube might "get worse before they get better" when the strike ends at 18:00 GMT.

Evening Tube workers were drafted in to provide a partial service on some Underground lines during peak hours between 07:00 and 19:00 on Monday.

This has left London Underground low on staff during the evening commute.

TfL said stations which opened on Monday would close by 19:00. Normal service is expected to resume on Tuesday.  

Euston Station

Contrasting scenes at the station.

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Tube strike: Clapham Junction pianist calms commuters
A man began playing a piano to calm commuters at an overcrowded Clapham Junction station during the Tube strike.

Wait for buses

Instead the queues are for buses instead.

Bus queue at Oxford Street

Empty Oxford Circus

Normally at this time of day, there are so many people wanting to access Oxford Circus Underground station that the gates are periodically closed for crowd control. 

Entrance to Oxford Street
Entrance to Oxford Street
Closed gates at Oxford Street

Disruption expected after strike ends

The Tube strike is due to end at 6pm tonight but Transport for London have warned that delays are expected to continue for the rest of the day. 

You can check the status of your station on the TfL website.  

Follow the BBC on Snapchat to see how people are heading home

Trains running through 81 closed stations

Latest on the roads and rail

For all the latest travel information, check out the BBC London travel Twitter page.

Plus you can hear a full travel bulletin on BBC London 94.9 FM and online, every 15 minutes from just after the top of the hour. 

Commuting during a Tube strike

Sam Francis

BBC News, London

As I cycled though the streets of central London I slowly realised I'd become the member of a gang. 

Wordlessly a group of commuters had formed a pack around me, hunting for a free docking station in the streets around Piccadilly. 

I often cycle to work using London's cycle hire scheme, to speed up my commute. The Tube strike had forced commuters to try new ways of getting into work.

But during my Tube strike commute I found that even in the midst of a crisis, Londoners have not lost their ability to find humour in miserable moments.

Read more here.

Santander bikes

Prime minister's spokeswoman on Tube strike

Theresa May's official spokeswoman said: "As with the Southern Rail strikes, the Prime Minister thinks it is unfair to be creating disruption for people in such an unfair and unjustified way."

Watch: Why is there a Tube strike?

Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards explains the background to the strike

Commuters getting around London

As the evening rush is due to start soon, take a look at how people got around London this morning. 

Recap: 10 out of 11 lines have some trains running

To recap:

  • Transport for London (TfL) said it was running limited services on 10 out of 11 Tube lines
  •  A total of 114 stations are closed (out of 270) and 75 have trains running through but not stopping
  • There has been a 149% increase in Santander cycle hires 
  • Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services are running but are busier than usual 
  • About 150 extra buses have been deployed
  • Although National Rail services are not affected by the strike, there is no Underground services from key interchange stations such as Victoria, King's Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge. 
  • There are no services at all on the Victoria line. 
  • The strike finishes at 18:00. 
Tube trains

Watch: RMT boss - Tube strike is all about safety

John Leach, the RMT London regional organiser, says the Tube strike is "about having a safe Underground". 

John Leach

Watch: Mayor of London - Tube strike causing misery

Sadiq Khan says business will lose money as a result of Monday's Tube strike

Watch: People queueing for buses at Finsbury Park

There were large crowds of people waiting to board buses at Finsbury Park this morning.

Tube strike hasn't put off the book fairies

Books on the Underground leave novels on the Tube for people to pick up and enjoy. 

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Watch: Aerial pictures of morning rush hour

Aerial footage shows heavy traffic and long queues for buses during Monday morning's rush hour in London, as commuters try to get to work despite a 24-hour Tube strike.  

Tube strike: Aerial pictures of morning rush hour

Huge rise in people using cycle hire scheme

Man hiring bike

London's cycle hire scheme has proved popular with commuters during the strike.

TfL has revealed there has been a 149% increase of bike hires.

Tube Strike: Commuters try to get around London

Station staff across the entire London Underground network walked out last night for 24 hours in a row over staff shortages.

Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards reports. 

'Quicker by horse'

Traffic hardly moving at the Euston Underpass

Passengers advised to plan ahead

Transport for London is urging all customers to plan ahead and to check before they travel at and by following @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.  

Queues remain for taxis at King's Cross