Tube strike: Dartford and Gravesend commuters face rush hour from hell in London Underground strike
PUBLISHED: 06:00 05 February 2014
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Dartford and Gravesend commuters are braced for travel disruption this morning as part of the London-wide Tube strike.
Underground workers belonging to the RMT and TSSA unions walked out at 9.30pm yesterday evening over controversial plans to close Tube station ticket offices and axe hundreds of posts.
The strike will end at 9.30pm on Thursday night.
Main line train services are unaffected by the industrial action but may by be hit by overcrowding and delays.
About 270 ticket offices would close as part of the plans, which will save TfL more than £40million a year.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson accused strikers of “holding a gun to [Londoners’] heads” and Mike Brown, managing director of London Underground, called the strike “completely unnecessary”.
But the unions said it was needed to try and save ticket offices and protect 750 jobs, although TfL said it would avoid compulsory redundancies.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow called the plans “a kick in the teeth” for long-serving staff.
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