09 Jan Essex Commuters brace the tube strike chaos
Commuters from around Essex this morning have had to brace the tube chaos as some of the main tube stations are shut.
Transport for London has warned that millions of passengers will struggle to get to work this morning as all Zone 1 Tube stations within the Circle Line boundary will be closed, It was also confirmed that they would be no Underground services at all running from Victoria, Kings Cross St Pancras, Paddington, Euston, Bank and the London Bridge.
Essex County Council Cabinet Member Stephen Canning told us “It’s disappointing that a selfish decision by the striking TSSA union has had such a profound effect on hard working residents of Essex. Sadiq Kahn promised us there’d be no more strikes, he has broken that promise and in doing so inflicted damage to the Essex economy. It’s not the Mayor and his trade union backers who are affected by this strike, it’s everyday people who are just about managing.”
Buses, roads and rail services are expected to be much busier than usual, particularly those bus routes serving major interchange stations.
Whilst London Bridge worker Colin Ridgers called the disruptions a total ‘pain in the neck’ other local commuters around Essex didn’t feel too affected by the strike as the Central Line from Epping still ran into Liverpool Street.
The dispute centres around the ticket office closure programme that was completed in early 2016.
A recent independent review of the programme by London TravelWatch, commissioned by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, found that steps need to be taken to ensure that customers continue to receive the service and support that they need.