Tube strike hits Newham but disruption less severe this time around

A 48-hour tube strike began at 9pm on Monday, April 28

A 48-hour tube strike began at 9pm on Monday, April 28 - Credit: Archant

Commuters were once again faced with severe disruption to transport services as Tube workers started another bout of strike action this week.

The Central, District, Jubilee, and Hammersmith and City lines were all affected by the 48-hour strike which began at 9pm yesterday and is due to stop at the same time on Wednesday.

While roads were busier and extra bus services were laid on – which included recommissioning some of the old routemasters – Newham’s busiest station, Stratford, suffered considerably less disruption than during the last strike in February.

Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) took industrial action as part of a row over ticket office closures which it claims will see nearly 1,000 job losses and lead to more cuts.

A second, 72-hour strike is due to take place from 9pm on Monday, May 5, if negotiations with London Underground bosses continue to be unsuccessful.

Transport for London claimed 50 per cent of services were running compared to about 40pc during the last walkout.

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