As it happened: London Tube strike on Wednesday 30 April 2014

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    06:00: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Good morning. I'll be bringing you all the latest information to help you get around London during the second day of the 48-hour Tube strike.

    Email your Tube strike photos and stories to or you can get in touch via Twitter @BBCLondonNews. Also, get the very latest travel information @BBCTravelAlert

    Travel update 06:03:

    Parts of the Central, District and Northern Lines are now running with many stations closed. All other lines are closed.

    Get the latest on the Tube strike on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert

    Tube lines running 06:05:

    If today's services are similar to yesterday's, then this is what will run:

    Waterloo and City Line: No service.

    The following lines should run from one end of the line to the other - albeit with station closures. So it's best to check before you travel on the Northern Line, the Jubilee Line and the Victoria Line.

    Circle Line: Running between Hammersmith and Aldgate, but there are station closures along the route.

    Hammersmith and City Line: Should run but only between Edgware Road and Barking, again with station closures along the way.

    Piccadilly Line: No service except between Hammersmith & Heathrow Terminal 1, 2 and 3, and between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters. It won't be calling at Heathrow Terminal 4 or 5.

    District Line: Patchy service with some stations closed en route.

    Central Line: Trains should run from the far west and eastern parts of the route but trains may not stop at all the stations on the line.

    Stations closed 06:10:

    TfL has a list of which stations are closed and which are open.

    This changes constantly as they figure out what staff they have so check back regularly to see how your station is affected by the strike.

    Lines part running 06:16:
    • The Central Line is running between Epping and Leytonstone, Hainault via Newbury Park and Leytonstone, Woodford and Hainault and between West Ruislip and White City and North Acton and West Ruislip
    • The Northern Line is running between Edgware and Golders Green and between High Barnet and Finchley Central/Mill Hill East. The rest of the line is expected to run from 07:00.
    Travel update 06:21:

    Parts of the Central, District and Northern Lines are now running with many stations closed. All other lines are closed.

    VIDEO: A tale of two commutes 06:25:

    BBC News asked Video Journalist Dougal Shaw to keep a video diary of a normal commute to work before the strike began, and another one on the first morning of the strike.

    Tube strike
    Travel update 06:30:

    The Piccadilly line is running between Acton Town and Heathrow Airport Terminals 1,2 and 3

    Thames Clippers 06:32:

    TfL river services are suspended because of the fog. More travel updates on Twitter @BBCTravelAlert

    Travel update 06:35:
    • Apart from the Central and Northern Lines, no service is expected on any other line until at least 07:00
    • The Waterloo and City Line and the Circle Line are not expected to run all day.
    Travel update 06:39:
    • On the London Overground, there is no service between Stratford and Hackney Wick until 07:00
    • There is a good service running on the Docklands Light Railway
    Travel latest 06:46:

    BBC London 94.9's travel team will be broadcasting updates every 15 minutes during the strike plus you can see their updates via @BBCTravelAlert

    Tube sign
    Lines Part Running 06:52:
    • The Central Line is running between Epping and Leytonstone, Hainault via Newbury Park and Leytonstone, Woodford and Hainault and between West Ruislip and White City and North Acton and West Ruislip
    • The Northern Line is running between Edgware and Golders Green and between High Barnet and Finchley Central/Mill Hill East. The rest of the line is expected to run from 07:00.
    • The District Line is running between Upminster and Wimbledon and between Ealing Broadway and High Street Kensington
    • The Piccadilly Line is running between Acton Town and Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, and 3.
    Travel update 06:57:

    Parts of the Central, District and Piccadilly, Northern Lines are now running with many stations closed.

    Why is the strike happening? 07:00:

    If you've forgotten or don't know why RMT workers on the Tube are striking, then check out BBC London's transport correspondent Tom Edwards' analysis.

    Oxford circus station
    Tweeting the Tube strike 07:07:

    To keep up-to-date with how public transport and the roads are running during the Tube strike, we've pulled together this Twitter list to help you.

    Closed Tube station
    Travel update 07:12:
    • On overground trains, expect disruption where trains use stations managed by London Underground
    • Greater Anglia trains will not be stopping at Stratford
    • C2C trains will not stop at West Ham
    • First Capital Connect will not be stopping at Farringdon.
    Travel update 07:15:

    The entire Jubilee and Victoria Lines are now running and the Central, District, Northern and Jubilee line have parts running.

    More travel updates are on BBC London's travel website.

    Your comments and photos 07:21: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Is the Tube strike affecting your journey to work? Or has it not made a difference?

    Share your stories and photos by emailing, tweeting @BBCLondonNews, or commenting on BBC London's Facebook page.

    How to get about 07:25:

    Buses are not affected by the strike and running services as normal (although they're expected to get very busy at times).

    People getting on a bus

    BBC London's Ed Davey suggests this and 13 other ways to get around London without using the Tube.

    Why is the strike taking place? 07:33:

    The RMT union is striking over London Underground's plans to close ticket offices and cut 960 jobs. London Underground says new technology has made ticket offices underused.

    It wants ticket halls to become "customer service centres" with ticketing machines. The RMT wants a station by station review to see if there is any merit in some being saved.

    Travel updates 07:36:

    The entire Jubilee, Victoria and Northern Lines are now running and all lines apart from the Circle Line have some service.

    'Strolled in' 07:43:

    Andrea Sipolis emailed: "We've luckily had a positive experience; my boyfriend and I live in Shoreditch so are both in walking distance to our offices near St Paul's, however we don't usually take advantage of this.

    Andrea Sipolis & Stephen Winter

    "The tube strike was a great opportunity for us to get to spend some extra time in the morning together, grab a coffee and have a chat on our stroll in."

    Long spells of sunshine 07:48:

    If you are planning to walk into work because of the Tube strike, many places will start dull and foggy but it will brighten up to leave a fine and mainly dry day with long spells of sunshine.

    Central Line 07:51:

    Trains are not expected to operate through the central London area.

    TfL intends to run trains:

    Jubilee line 07:55:

    TfL intends to run trains between Wembley Park and Stratford around every seven minutes in both directions.

    These trains will not stop at Bermondsey, Canada Water, St. John's Wood, Southwark, and Swiss Cottage stations.

    Metropolitan line 07:57:

    TfL plans to run trains between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate around every ten minutes in both directions.

    These trains will not stop at Barbican, Euston Square or Great Portland Street stations.

    Travel updates 08:01:

    All lines now have some service, with three lines running their whole length.

    Across the network that is running, 46 stations are closed.

    Heathrow express 08:04:

    A reduced Heathrow Express service will run today because of separate strike action by the RMT.

    A Heathrow Express train at Paddington Station in London

    Heathrow Express plans to run two trains an hour between Heathrow and Paddington and back.

    Doors not shutting 08:09:

    So great were the number of passengers on London Overground trains in north-west London this morning that services were held up as the doors would not shut.

    Some passengers were unable to board the packed trains and faced 20-minute waits for the next packed service.

    Victoria line 08:12:

    TfL plans to run trains between Seven Sisters and Victoria around every five minutes in both directions. If possible it will extend this service to Brixton.

    Trains are not planned to stop at Pimlico, Vauxhall or Warren Street stations.

    Keep up-to-date 08:19:

    Keep these links handy to help you during the strike:

    Piccadilly line 08:26:

    No service is expected to operate through the central London area.

    TfL intends to run trains:

    • Between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 around every 20 minutes in both directions
    • Between Arnos Grove and Cockfosters around every 12 minutes in both directions.

    These trains are not expected to stop at Heathrow Terminal 4, Heathrow Terminal 5, Hounslow West or Southgate stations.

    Your views 08:36: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    You have been telling us how you have been affected by the strike.

    @Manu_Peacock tweeted: I finished a 12 hour night shift an hour ago. Currently on Oxford Street....still another hour til I get home....hopefully.

    @RosieSpez tweeted: @BBCLondonNews it took my partner almost 2 hours to get to Liverpool St yesterday from stratford, usually a 20 min journey #TubeStrike

    How has your journey been affected and do you think Tube workers should be striking? Tweet @BBCLondonNews or email us at

    Northern line 08:42:

    TfL plans to run trains over the whole line with a train around every five minutes via both the Bank and Charing Cross branches in both directions.

    These trains are not expected to stop at Angel, Borough, Chalk Farm, Charing Cross, Clapham North, Clapham South, Colliers Wood, Embankment, Goodge Street, Hampstead, Leicester Square, Mill Hill East, Mornington Crescent, Old Street, Oval, South Wimbledon, Tooting Bec and Warren Street stations.

    Your views 08:51:

    Mark Coton emailed: I'm having to travel to Reading today on business and because of the tube strikes I'm having to get a mini cab from my home in Wanstead to Paddington Station.

    This is costing me £32. That's £32 that I don't get to claim back and quite frankly £32 that I can't afford. Thanks RMT.

    Email your views to

    As it happened
    What is the strike about? 08:55: Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    This dispute is about ticket office closures which the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union opposes.

    London Underground wants staff in the ticket halls as it says new technology has made ticket offices underused. It wants ticket halls to become "customer service centres" with ticketing machines.

    The RMT wants a station by station review to see if there is any merit in some being saved.

    Boris Johnson on Vanessa Feltz show 09:05: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    From 09:00 London Mayor Boris Johnson joins Vanessa Feltz on BBC London 94.9 taking your questions on the Tube strike.

    Four lines running entire route 09:09:

    The Central Line is now running its entire length. It means four lines are running the whole route - although there are a number of stations closed. The other lines are the Northern, Jubilee and Victoria

    For more updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

    Earls Court photo 09:17:

    BBC London 94.9's Louise Papper tweets: Earls Court where the District line is running, but no Piccadilly line #tubestrike @BBCLondon949

    Earl's Court station
    District Line 09:22:

    TfL intends to run trains:

    • Between Wimbledon and Barking around every 12 minutes in both directions. If possible it will extend this service to Upminster
    • Between Ealing Broadway and Tower Hill around every 12 minutes in both directions.

    These trains are not expected not stop at Aldgate East, Blackfriars, Gloucester Road, Sloane Square, Stepney Green or Temple stations.

    'Cannot be defeated' 09:26: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    London Mayor Boris Johnson told Vanessa Feltz: "We've got to get through this. We cannot allow ourselves to be defeated.

    "It's important reform which will liberate lots of dosh and help Tube stations run much better."

    'Half of services ran' 09:33:

    London Underground said half of train services ran yesterday and two-thirds of Tube stations were open, much more than during a previous strike in February.

    Nearly 90% of the usual number of Oyster cards were used on Transport for London's network, according to the company.

    London Underground 'misleading' 09:41:

    The RMT has accused London Underground of "misleading" the public over the level of services it ran yesterday and of leaving platforms and stations "dangerously overcrowded."

    Your photos 09:50: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Thanks for sending in your photos of the capital during the second morning of the Tube strike.

    Alexander Chandler tweeted this moody photo of the Thames. He tweeted: @BBCLondonNews Thames looked like a Lowry painting this morning #tubestrike


    Tweet your photos to @BBCLondonNews or email

    Hammersmith & City lines 09:57:

    TfL intends to run trains between Hammersmith and Aldgate around every 10 minutes in both directions.

    These trains will not stop at Barbican, Euston Square or Great Portland Street stations.

    Johnson on Vanessa Feltz show 10:07: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    London Mayor Boris Johnson told BBC London 94.9's Vanessa Feltz: "The strike has been inconvenient but thanks to London Underground staff who have come in.

    Boris Johnson and Vanessa Feltz

    "If I blame myself for one thing is that we have to get the message clear enough to the public to allow them to understand that there will be more staff than before."

    Your comments 10:16:

    Jennifer Hurstfield emailed to say: "Electronic technology doesn't do away with the need for ticket offices. My local station is Highbury & Islington and the ticket office is always busy with ticket enquiries and helping customers purchase tickets."

    "TfL should get on with a public consultation and stop its blanket claim that ticket offices aren't still needed." Do you agree? Email

    Travel update 10:20:

    All lines, apart from the Waterloo & City, have some service, with four lines now running their whole length.

    Across the network that is running 30 Stations are closed.

    Mayor on Vanessa Feltz show 10:30: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    London Mayor Boris Johnson told Vanessa Feltz: "No station will be without a supervisor. No supervisor will have to re-apply for their job and there are no compulsory redundancies. Only one union that is still holding out."

    Transport savings 10:40: Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    TfL savings needed by 2020/21 because of a cut in government grant: £4.4bn. Ticket offices closures save £50m per annum. Mind the gap!

    Your photos 10:50: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Did you take a photo of your commute into work?

    Richard Lunn tweeted:@BBCLondonNews forced to walk along the south bank.....can't complain though love London in the morning #tubestrike


    Tweet your images to @BBCLondonNews or email

    11:02: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    London Mayor Boris Johnson told BBC London 94.9: "I think we have to go for is a system that prevents wildcat strikes. This is a strike by one union and just a minority of that union.

    "I've been lobbying for legislation that when there is a ballot for strike action that when there is a ballot for strike action, the number of people participating in that ballot has to exceed 50% of that relevant workforce before you can have a strike."

    Strike legislation 11:12:

    Responding to the mayor's call for legislation around strike ballots to be tightened, acting RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "From Boris Johnson's wholesale assault on the trade unions this morning it is crystal clear that he has sought to engineer and provoke a dispute on London Underground, by bulldozing through his cuts and closures programme, in order to use Londoners as pawns in his personal crusade for the leadership of the Tory Party.

    "It is no wonder his officials have not allowed a single inch of progress to be made in days and days of talks."

    Tougher legislation needed? 11:21: Facebook

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for tighter legislation for unions balloting for industrial action following the latest Tube walkout.

    Do you think we need new laws to make it more difficult for workers to go on strike on the London Underground? Comment on BBC London's Facebook Page.

    Waterloo station crowds 11:31:

    Commuters using overground train services waited to pass through the barriers at Waterloo station earlier on the second morning of the 48-hour Tube strike.

    Waterloo station
    Bakerloo line 11:44:

    TfL hopes to be able to run trains between Queen's Park and Elephant & Castle around every six minutes in both directions.

    Trains are not expected to stop at Edgware Road, Embankment, Kilburn Park, Lambeth North, Maida Vale, Piccadilly Circus or Regent's Park stations.

    Feedback 12:01:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Tougher legislation needed? 12:11: Facebook

    We are asking on Facebook if we need new laws to make it more difficult for workers to go on strike on the London Underground?

    Jetinder Sir said: Yes as London is very reliant on tubes running and when they go down all hell breaks loose. London Tubes should be regarded at the same level as Police, Fire service and NHS as to Londoner's its that important.

    Travel update 12:24:

    All lines, apart from the Waterloo & City Line, have some service, with three lines - Northern, Victoria and Jubilee - running their whole length. Across the network that is running, 29 stations are closed.

    Further updates are available on twitter @BBCTravelAlert

    Your comments 12:33:

    Gill Hopkins emailed: "I have just come back from Paris where I used several 'unmanned' small metro stations with no problem. I was able to buy a carnet of 10 tickets using a credit card. It was simple."

    Do you agree? Email

    Bus travel 12:44:

    TfL Bus Alerts tweets: To plan a journey via bus please click here: and click the "Bus Only" button at the bottom of the page.

    'The future of the Tube' 12:55:

    Transport for London has published its plans for the future of the Tube. It includes a new 24-hour Tube service at weekends from 2015.

    TfL says it will provide a more frequent and reliable service with better, more accessible stations, all of which will be staffed and managed while services are operating.

    BBC London TV News 13:07: Alex Bushill BBC London News

    Join me this lunchtime as London Underground says they were able to run a service on all 11 Tube lines for the first time during a strike.

    And London's mayor says a new Conservative government would outlaw any future industrial action without at least half of union members taking part in the ballot. All that and more on BBC One at 13:30.

    Your photos 13:15: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    Thanks to Nicola Dawn Smale who shared this photo with @BBCLondonNews on Twitter.

    Earl's Court station

    It was taken at Earl's Court station earlier. What impact has the Tube strike had on you? Email your photos to

    '52% of Tube services operating 13:27:

    London Underground says it is operating 52% of Tube services today. About 80% of stations are open and services are running on 10 of the 11 lines, the firm says.

    'Sorry to Londoners' 13:36:

    Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, says: "I'm sorry that Londoners are enduring more disruption today as a result of the RMT's pointless strike action.

    "The only sensible course is for the RMT leadership to call off the strikes and get back to working with us to shape the future of the Tube, as the other three unions are doing."

    Your views 13:46: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    You've been sharing your views on the Tube strike. Farid Jundi sent in the following photo and emailed to say: "Packed Tube at Earl's Court, just like sardines. Almost two hours for a 45 min journey, totally unacceptable.


    "Unions" ??!! ban the lot, they serve nothing except to stall our progress and great city. I look forward to the day when the whole Tube network is fully automated." Do you agree? Send your comments to

    'Politically-motivated cuts' 13:58:

    RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash says it is "scandalous that hundreds of thousands of pounds of public money has been spent by TFL promoting a politically-motivated cuts and austerity agenda for London that would decimate safety and reduce tube stations to a criminals' paradise".

    "The political posturing by the Mayor and his officials at London Underground and TFL must stop and talks based on RMT's proposed solution to the dispute must be reconvened," he added.

    Your comments 14:11:

    Luke Wheeler emailed: "Yesterday, my 90 minute commute took over three hours, so today I just gave in and drove to work, paying £10 congestion charge and £25 parking for the day.

    "It was either that, or standing at a bus stop watching full buses drive past for hours. It's too far to cycle or walk, too. Far from ideal."

    Your photos 14:17:

    BBC website reader Paul Caddy tweeted: Got the chance to see sun on the Shard through the fog, thanks to a roundabout way in #tubestrike

    London Overground 14:26:

    Services have been suspended on London Overground between Richmond and Willesden Junction because of a signal failure at South Acton.

    More travel updates are on the BBC London travel website.

    Next week's Tube strike 14:38:

    BBC London transport correspondent Tom Edwards tweets: Grassroots RMT members say they will go out next week if strikes go-ahead but they want leaders at talks.

    Your comments 14:46:

    Ann, from London, emailed: "If you ever go through Paddington station in the morning you are met with a queue of people, often tourists, waiting to buy Oyster cards which are not obtainable from ticket machines.

    "Are they just supposed to pay more to travel with paper tickets? It's one thing to have no ticket office in some outer station but another altogether in Central London."

    Chelsea v Atlético de Madrid 14:56:

    Football fans heading to Stamford Bridge for the Atlético de Madrid v Chelsea FC match this evening should give themselves plenty of spare time to get there.

    Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o

    Fulham Broadway station will be shut. Buses 14, 211 and 414 may prove helpful. More travel information is available on the TfL website.

    Your comments 15:13:

    Mark-Tubz wrote: "What is everybody complaining about? Yeah the tube's are running partial service but there are buses, taxi's, Boris bikes and a few other things around London to use to get places.

    "Has everyone in London lost the use of there legs?"

    Travel update 15:20:

    TfL says until 16:00, stations advertised as open may close without warning for up to 30 minutes because of shift changeovers.

    For more travel updates follow @BBCTravelAlert

    Video: Speedy walkers 15:29:

    One of the ways commuters have been struggling to work during the 48-hour Tube strike is on foot.

    Titus Thomson

    BBC London's Gareth Furby joined very fast walking PR manager Titus Thomson to see if he could get from Shepherd's Bush to Park Lane on time for work.

    #tubestrike hijack 15:40:

    Three charities - Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer Support and Leonard Cheshire Disability - have hijacked the Twitter hashtag #tubestrike to put commuters' frustrations into perspective, according to charity news firm Civil Society.

    Alongside updates from TfL and commuters, tweets appeared from charities in the hope of getting commuters to remember there are worse things than having to wait at a bus stop, the website reports.

    Acas talks 15:43:

    Talks aimed at resolving the London Underground dispute are to be held at Acas on Friday, the conciliation service announced today.

    Is tighter legislation needed? 15:50: Andy Dangerfield BBC News Online

    London Mayor Boris Johnson has called for tighter legislation for unions balloting for industrial action following the latest Tube walkout. Do you agree with him?

    Jonnah Hong emailed to say: "This strike illustrates the need to go fully automated. Unions are a waste of time."

    But Steve Nevin emailed: "The union is striking not just to save jobs but to protect their futures from further cuts, down grading and pay decreases. Without unions who else would fight for workers rights ??"

    What do you think? Join the discussion by emailing

    Travel update 15:56:

    If you're using the trains, then be aware that there are delays to all First Capital Connect, Southern and Gatwick Express trains services through East Croydon after a signal problem.

    Cavalry commute? 16:03:

    BBC London's Beth Rose took this photo of a procession of horse and carriages in central London's Oxford Circus, proving, if nothing else, there are many alternative ways for people to get around the city.

    Travel update 16:08:

    TfL traffic news tweets: Woolwich Ferry is back up and running. Toot toot!

    On air 16:15: BBC London 94.9 Radio

    Don't forget BBC London 94.9 has traffic updates every 15 minutes to help you get home as the strike continues.

    Travel update 16:21:

    Here's how it's looking at the moment.

    Travel disruption

    Keep up-to-date with BBC Travel and @bbctravelalert.

    Latest on Tubes 16:27:

    As the evening rush hour approaches, here's how it's looking at the moment:

    The Central Line is operating from Hainault to West Ruislip, Hainault to Woodford, North Acton to Ealing Broadway and Epping to Leytonstone.

    Jubilee Line is operating on the whole line but at a reduced frequency so expect delays.

    The Hammersmith and City Line is running between Edgeware Road and Barking.

    On the District Line, there are services operating between Upminster and Wimbledon, Ealing Broadway and High St Ken, Edgware Rd and Wimbledon.

    Travel update 16:33:

    Hurrah! Trains are now running normally through East Croydon as a signal problem we mentioned earlier has now been fixed, according to First Capital Connect.

    Your comments 16:43:

    Lawrence Barnett emailed: "If the ticket offices were closed, there would be more ticket machines and supervisors to help people (for those that need it) purchase their tickets.

    "I'd much rather have LU staff (properly trained in customer services) customer side of the ticket office than sat behind glass panels where they cannot do any more than issue you with a ticket.

    "It's called progress and better customer service. This is what the RMT seem unable or don't want to grasp."

    Overground 16:51:

    London Overground tweets: No service btn Richmond & Willesden Junction. Signal failure at South Acton. Good service on other London Overground routes.

    Vintage buses are back 16:58:

    Old Routemaster buses are being used to ferry commuters home.

    Vintage bus
    Travel update 17:07:

    On the Jubilee Line, services are running throughout the line but some stations - including St Johns Wood and Bond Street - are closed.

    TfL has a full list of all the stations open and closed.

    Waterloo & City 17:12:

    Although it was working earlier, the Waterloo and City line is now not working for the rest of today because of the strike.

    Rush hour 17:19: Josephine McDermott BBC News Online

    Rush hour is starting early in Holles Street, just off Oxford Street.

    Holles Street

    Send pictures of your journeys home to

    Travel latest 17:25:

    BBC London 94.9's Richard Main tweets: The #tubestrike doesn't seem to be putting off travellers at #Euston underground station

    Euston station
    Victoria Line 17:30:

    The whole of the Victoria Line is running, but Warren Street and Pimlico Stations remain closed.

    Chelsea match 17:37:

    If you're going to watch Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid tonight, then use Earls Court or Hammersmith to get to the stadium as Fulham Broadway is closed.

    After the match, it's worth bearing in mind that West Brompton and Parsons Green will close by 21:30.

    On the roads 17:43: Billy Reeves BBC London Travel

    The roads are no busier today because of the strike - yesterday was worse.

    But having said that, Hammersmith, Fulham, Chiswick & Shepherd's Bush are bad. There was a broken down coach on Hammersmith Gyratory and Chelsea are at home in the Champions League and one of the many Tube stations closed is the one nearest the ground: Fulham Broadway.

    The West End is very slow, as is the Euston Road around Kings Cross and Euston.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel. And BBC London 94.9 has travel bulletins every 15 minutes.

    Travel update 17:48:

    Thanks to Lee Hye who sent in this picture of the traffic on Charing Cross Road.

    Traffic in Charing Cross

    He says: "I'm currently on bus 24 and have been stopped here for about 20 mins and it doesn't look like it'll be on the move any time soon.

    "There's another 24 both in front of and behind us."

    DLR 17:53:

    Deborah Brown tweets: "just on the #DLR to the Wharf and it's positively empty! #heaven #londonworldcity #tubestrike"

    Your pictures 18:00:

    Paul Hartley sent us this picture of a "very packed, infrequent District line toward Earls Court...avoid!"

    Earls Court Tube
    Travel update 18:08:

    Just to reiterate, on the Piccadilly Line, there's a service between Hammersmith and Heathrow Airport T123, and Arnos Grove and Cockfosters.

    No service is operating on the rest of the line due to strike action.

    'Politically-motivated posturing' 18:10:

    RMT acting general Secretary Mick Cash said: "It is time for the Mayor and his officials to stop the politically-motivated posturing, recognise that their austerity-driven cuts are deeply unpopular and reconvene talks based on RMT's proposals to move this dispute forwards."

    Your views 18:12: Via Email

    Luke Wheeler wrote: "Yesterday, my 90-minute commute took over three hours, so today I just gave in and drove to work, paying £10 congestion charge and £25 parking for the day.

    "It was either that, or standing at a bus stop watching full buses drive past for hours. It's too far to cycle or walk, too. Far from ideal."

    On air 18:24: BBC London News TV

    Coming up at 18:30 on BBC One, BBC London's travel correspondent Tom Edwards will be live from Oxford Circus station giving his analysis on what impact the strike has had.

    Mike Brown, boss of London Underground, and Mike Cash, the acting general secretary of the RMT union, will then go head-to-head in discussion.

    'Boris bikes' 18:27:

    BBC London 94.9's Anna O'Neil reports there are plenty of "Boris bikes" in central London at the moment.

    'Boris bikes'

    Yesterday there was a 70% increase in use of the bikes.

    Your views 18:30:

    Sandhya Ganesh wrote: "I personally do like to say hello to my local ticket officer/personnel at the station.

    "Money may be saved but given the frequency of new users and constant struggle with routes, I strongly oppose closing of ticket offices and personnel reduction."

    Chelsea match 18:42:

    Ahead of Chelsea's Champions League semi-final match at Stamford Bridge, the trophy was taken for a tour down Fulham Road.

    UEFA Champions League trophy outside Fulham Broadway station

    It stopped outside Fulham Broadway station - which, despite being the closest station to the ground, is closed because of the strike.

    Analysis 18:49: Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    We had a softening of language from both sides today, as often happens during these disputes.

    Now Acas talks are planned for Friday but the timescale is very very tight.

    No doubt privately TfL will be pleased they got half of all Tube services running but that does mean half didn't run.

    And businesses in the West End have hit the front page of the Evening Standard, complaining about loss of trade. That'll increase the pressure on LU to sort it out.

    Waterloo 18:54: Elaine Okyere BBC London News

    Here's the scene at Waterloo Station:

    Waterloo station
    Your comments 18:58:

    Janet Duperre emailed: "Automation doesn't work for elderly users. My mother is having to change her bank after over 55 years purely because they've got rid of all the staff and replaced them with machines.

    "Plus, the government keeps saying it wants everyone in work and nobody claiming benefits but then encourages companies and services to shed jobs. It makes no sense."

    Travel update 19:05:

    BBC London 94.9's Anna O'Neill tweets: Buses not looking too bad on the Strand.

    London bus
    Ticket officer's view (part 1) 19:12:

    Tony Alam emails: "I work in a ticket office and I can assure you people use the ticket office every day at my station.

    "I serve more people than the machine in a minute; people go mad when our office is closed because they can't get a ticket issue resolved or their Oyster card is broken or [they need to] apply a discount on their card which can only be done at a ticket office."

    Your views 19:15:

    Ian Goodyear emailed: "Let's face it, the whole Tube infrastructure needs modernisation. They are not looking at compulsory redundancies, and what other business is allowed to be run without instigating changes and modernisation?"

    Travel update 19:18:

    Giuliano Cunningham emails: "Minibus on fire in Acton on North Pole Road causing more congestion to Central line road routes in the west.

    "Absolutely ridiculous journeys!"

    Ticket officer's view (part 2) 19:24:

    Mr Alam adds: "Most of my customers feel more comfortable dealing with me than a machine and closing the ticket office doesn't help the cause because all I'll be doing when I come out is assist you, the customer at the machine, buying a ticket, not SELL.

    "Also my duties will not include dedicating my time near the machines but assisting customers elsewhere at the station. Smaller stations will be lucky if they have anyone at the ticket hall area.

    "Someone mentioned Paris has no one at their stations - yes, that's right but this is London - more people [and] ticketing is more complicated than the carnet 10 !!!"

    Your pics 19:31:

    Laura Topham sent us this picture of Earl's Court - it took her 45 minutes to get on to a Tube just now.

    Earls Court
    Your views 19:36:

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    LU's view 19:40:

    Speaking to BBC London News, LU's boss Mike Brown said the station-by-station review was happening, and that they were sticking to the agenda that all unions had agreed to.

    Mike Brown

    "We don't think ticket offices are a part of our future but we wait to hear constructive ideas from any of the trade unions. Some of them have come up with constructive ideas," he said.

    "I look forward to hearing constructive thoughts from the RMT but you don't have constructive talks when you hold London to ransom."

    RMT's view 19:45:

    In response to the comments of LU boss, Mike Brown, that the review was happening, Mike Cash, RMT's acting general secretary, said the transport authority told them they could have the review but ticket offices would remain closed.

    "To us that's not the proper way to have a review because you're predetermining the outcome."

    He added that the union wanted the full impact of closing all the ticket offices looked into, which is something he says has not happened.

    Your pics 19:56:

    Sam England emails: "This is St James's Park right now - been waiting almost 15 mins for a District line train, many including myself giving up to walk to Westminster."

    St James's Park
    Travel update 20:01:

    TfL Central Line tweets: St Paul's station is now open

    Analysis 20:04: Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

    The problem is these timescales are very, very, tight so there's only Friday realistically to sort this out because we've got the Bank Holiday on Monday.

    It all depends on how much each side is wedded to their positions.

    Having heard that debate earlier between the bosses of LU and the RMT, it doesn't sound that promising that next week's strike will be avoided.

    Your comments 20:07:

    Helen Jones emailed: "I am fully in support of the Tube strike as I think closing every ticket office is a terrible idea.

    "There are always huge queues at Underground ticket offices for major rail stations, e.g. King's Cross, Victoria, Euston - it is ridiculous to claim they're not needed. There are also some services that are currently only available from ticket offices - e.g. getting a new Oyster card, getting the refundable Oyster card deposit back, getting a printout of recent journeys."

    Your views 20:11:

    John says: "After the last two days and a new excruciating pain in my hip from walking across London, I have ZERO sympathy for anyone striking or the RMT. Holding Londoners to ransom is not tolerable in my opinion."

    Travel latest 20:13:

    As stations are continuously opening and closing as the strike approaches its end, check TfL's website for the latest list of which stations are open.

    Disrupted Tube map
    Travel update 20:16:

    Trains will be finishing early tonight. To avoid being caught out aim to complete your journeys by 23:00.


    We're going to wrap up today's live page on the Tube strike, but keep an eye on BBC Travel which will have all the latest as the strike draws to a close.

    Join Andy Dangerfield tomorrow from 08:00 as he'll have all the latest as normal service resumes on the Underground.


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