Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

RAGE AGAINST TUBE STRIKERS; Minimal Services Running. Police Called to Calm Stranded Travellers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

RAGE AGAINST TUBE STRIKERS; Minimal Services Running. Police Called to Calm Stranded Travellers

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Byline: ANTHONY FRANCE;DICK MURRAY

COMMUTERS angrily condemned striking Tube workers as the latest stoppage caused widespread disruption.

Any support for the action, called by union leaders on "safety" grounds, evaporated amid angry scenes with police last night called to calm the situation at one station.

Personal assistant Vicky Smith, 19, from Grays, and her sister Jenny, 18, were trying to get to Fenchurch Street station when their path was barred by steel barriers.

Vicky said: "They earn [pound]30,000 a year and, although they say this strike is about health and safety, I think that's a lie.

It's about more money for them, really. They are greedy."

Another fed-up commuter said simply: "I'm so angry."

But walking to work this morning, Mayor Ken Livingstone said he believed in the "right of people to withdraw their labour".

At 8am scores of stations were closed throughout London and only 31 trains were running out of a possible 475. There were no trains at all on the Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Bakerloo, Circle, District, East London or Hammersmith & City lines.

By lunchtime a dozen trains were running on the District line but were limited to a shuttle service between Upminster and Whitechapel. The Metropolitan line's 19 trains, out of a normal 44, dropped to 14 as the day progressed.

The Central line maintained 12 trains out of 72 but again these were limited to shuttle services - between West Ruislip and White City, Epping and Leytonstone and Hainault and Woodford. The Jubilee line ran eight out of 46 trains on a shuttle between Finchley Road and Stanmore.

Police are on standby for any public order problems as commuters begin the long and frustrating journey home.

There may be disruption tomorrow morning but LU said it hoped it would only apply to very early services, starting up around 5.30am, because of stock being out of place.

The AA reported roads into London this morning were hit "more severely this time round with lots of heavy traffic".

But there was some relief for motorists as the AA predicted: "This afternoon and evening will not be as bad because people can stagger their journeys. …

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