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The first 24-hour strike is under way with Tuesday's commuters expected to be the worst affected. A normal service is not expected to resume until Wednesday morning.

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1320: Robert Hesketh got in touch. He normally commutes from Tower Hill to Soho and takes the District or Circle lines and then the Bakerloo line. "I had to pay £4.50 and queue for 40 minutes for the replacement boat service from Tower Pier this morning. If it wasn't for the fact we had to pay, there wouldn't have been a queue as boats were leaving virtually empty with the bottleneck occurring at the ticket office."

1254: Reports keep coming in about the ease of travelling on the Northern line today (could be a first). Southbound, Colliers Wood and Tooting Bec stations are open.

1221: Five Live's Nigel Adderley is using the Tube strike to catch up on his celeb watching: "Seen JPR Williams and Kate Humble at Paddington. Tube strike has made it a star spotters paradise."

1218: Andy Wells has emailed in: "I missed my exam this morning due to the strikes. I allowed two hours for the Tube strike, the guard at Liverpool Street was rude and told me to walk. Ended up in a taxi, but we took 35 minutes to move 1 mile, so didn't get there in time. NOT HAPPY!!!"

Commuters have mixed views about the strike action


Commuters have fairly mixed views about how the Tube strike has affected them today so far. One cyclist has noticed a big increase in two-wheeled traffic than normal, one north Londoner said he had a great journey in on the Northern Line and an American tourist was less than impressed at trying to navigate her way to London Bridge. BBC London's Preeti Jha took her camera out and about to get some views.

Lord Coe trying to get a cab on Tube strike day


It's not just your average Londoners that have had to endure a less than normal journey to work today.

Chris sent this photo in of Lord Coe during the Tube strike at about 9.30am. Chris says 'I took this outside Waterloo station. Lord Coe seemed to be flustered looking for a car / taxi. He was waiting at least 10 minutes.' Lucky him (Ed).

1140: BBC London reporter Warren Nettleford filmed his cycle ride from Brixton into central London - he had more company than normal (no sound).

BBC London's Warren Nettleford cycles in from Brixton during the Tube strike.

1131: Here is a list of closed Tube stations (pdf) .

1124: We've published a photo gallery of various scenes around the capital this morning as Londoners cope with the Tube strike.

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1114: BBC London's Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards gives his assessment of this morning's strike on his blog

1110: Will Carling on Twitter: London is a fun place to get around today ! Cabbies must be having a great time :-)

1059: Timothy Hoult writes: Had a lovely commute in the end. Train to Waterloo was quieter than usual, jumped off at Vauxhall to catch the bus for a change. Saw the queues and decided to walk across the river and up through Sloane Square and Knightsbridge to work. The total journey might have taken me two hours as opposed to one, but I got to see a little bit more of London than I otherwise would do.

1050: Comedian Mark Thomas on his Twitter page: What I love about the tube strike is the number of unfit and sweating cyclists who take to the road. It's like I suddenly belong.

1045: David Roberts writes:In response to Andrew the visitor from Cape town who might miss his flight home - I don't think Bob Crow will pay for your taxi to the airport pal, but it might be worth asking London Underground to for pay it given that they make over £4.5m from the use of the Overground everyday, yet are quite happy to comprise the safety of those very paying passengers. In future, stick to being a tourist and don't comment on issues you have no understanding of.

1028: A bad move by the RMT and TSSA. I walked the part of my route to Tower Hill when I usually get the tube. After realising it is a pleasant walk and that I arrived at Tower Hill at the same time as normal I have decided to repeat it every day. I will save on tube costs and be a little bit healthier. How many others will realise that a short walk in the morning is infinitely better than cramming themselves onto the filthy, unreliable tubes?
Grahame Mitchell, Canterbury

1022: Victoria Byrne writes: Coming from Hackney it just took two hours for the bus to go up Essex Road and Upper Street and up into Farringdon. My advice if heading West is to walk!! A queue of maybe 20/30 buses.

1021: Paul writes: I'm up from Cornwall and will walk 5.6 miles from Paddington to Golders Green. Blue backpack and green holdall. Please give me a toot if you see me through Maida Vale and West Hampstead. Ta.

1015: We understand that between 8am and 9am today, TfL saw an additional 2,000 completed cycle hire journeys compared to yesterday during the same period (5400 compared to 3400 - an increase of around 60 per cent). 2500 registered for the scheme in the last 24 hours.

1014: Transport for London says nearly 40 per cent of Tube trains in operation and services are operating on all but one Tube line, although disruption possible.

1002: If you're wandering the streets of Crouch End and can't get on a bus have a look out for Enid the dog. Her owner, West End star Sheridan Smith, is distraught.

0950: Ben Fogle (Twitter name benfogle): 'Offering free lifts around London to beat the tube strike. Anyone interested?'

0946: Queue for cabs at Paddington. Click here

0917: Paul Ross and Ruth Langsford have been interviewing London Underground boss Howard Collins on BBC London 94.9. Listen here.

0908: According to TfL: There are currently 137 trains out of 500 operating on the Tube network -

Bakerloo is operating 16 trains

Piccadilly is operating 4 trains

Northern is operating 45 out of 61 trains

Central is operating 8 trains

Victoria is operating 12 trains

Jubilee is operating 19 trains

Metropolitan is operating 13 trains

District is operating 20 trains

0904: Andrew, a visitor from Cape Town, has just emailed: 'I am a tourist who has enjoyed London for the past three weeks. Now my trip has the worst possible ending as I can't even make it to the airport to get home. Is Bob Crow going to compensate me for the money I'll have to spend on a taxi to get to the airport now? The reasons for the strike sound weak and has damaged London's international reputation.'

0902: Brian Rees emailed us via his phone: 'Been waiting for over an hour for No. 205 at Baker Street - one has passed "not in service" !!'

0852: RMT leader Bob Crow has been speaking to the BBC London 94.9 Breakfast Show. We've put it up on Audioboo.

0850: The Overground may be working but it's looking mighty busy at Dalston as Tweenofhackney's photo shows

0844: Here's the latest from BBC News on the strike.

Commuters rue Tube strike chaos

0837: The picture we are getting at BBC London is that while many lines are trying to run (albeit with severe delays in some cases) the problem commuters are finding is that many of the actual stations are closed.

0826: The Robsta has emailed BBC London: "Northern line was running well this am, stopping northbound at Balham, Clapham Common, Stockwell, Kennington, Moorgate, Old Street and Euston where I got off. Tonight I'll try going back to Balham the same route, wish me luck.

0822: Richard Anderson has emailed BBC London: "The day that Londoners remember the spirit and memories of those that lived and died during the Blitz the City is being held to ransom by one man, Bob Crow."

0820: @AcresOfGround: tip for Paddington people - get the bus from the eastern parade rather than on Praed Street. You might get a seat!...

0812: Well, it's been confirmed all of the hire bikes at Kings Cross have now gone.

0801: John Parker emailed to say Jubilee just opened from Waterloo to Stratford stopping at Canary Wharf.

0759: Don't forget BBC London 94.9's Billy Reeves is live here bringing you rolling travel news to help you get about.

0755: @TomSEdwards Unions allege LU breaking safety laws with staffing levels on Tube this am. LU dismiss claims as "rubbish".

0754: @stuartthomas Just seen Bob Crow watching the chaos while having a coffee outside Kings Cross #tubestrike

Waterloo East station
Waterloo East station

0750: Waterloo East is looking a bit busy as this photo sent in by Gary Holland shows. Thank goodness it isn't raining - yet. Keep sending us your photos of your journey into work - it really does help others keep away from hotspots.

0748: @tonyblackburn Morning everyone, so the kids go back to school and the Tube workers in London go on strike, on behalf of all parents, thanks a lot !!

Northern Line tube train
A roomy Northern Line train

0745: Chirag Trivedi of BBC News has just staggered into the office from Croydon - he got the Tube! He went to London Bridge to Kennington and then out at Tottenham Court Road!

0743: Transport for London says: Good service running across the bus network, DLR, London Overground and Tramlink

0741: @jasonrosam Watch my video update on the #tubestrike from Victoria Station this morning more on @BBCTravelAlert

0740: @GabyandPaul #TubeStrike - rush hour well underway. After 0800 @GabyandPaul should be speaking to RMT's Bob Crow and Mayor's transport advisor

0730: On our Twitter page: @jamieproducer "putting on my trainers and walking to work. It'll take an hour. Bob Crow is best personal trainer ever! #thanksbob".

0729: Severe delays on Central line, no Circle line.

0726: There are still Boris Bikes available at Victoria and Kings Cross stations, according to our reporters out and about. The bikes might be thin on the ground soon though.

0725: The Docklands Light Railway is running to Shadwell and Tower Gateway but not Bank.

Bob Crow at Kings Cross
Bob Crow at Kings Cross

0718:Alice Bhandhukravi again: Filming at Kings Cross. Tube closed but few crowds. Even picket line a bit thin. Here's a picture of Bob Crow folding his arms.

0715: Have you had any problems getting your hands on a hire bike this morning? Email us your experiences. The rack outside Broadcasting House had only one at 6am.

0710: Alice Bhandhukravi says: "Bob Crow says he's "not crying crocodile tears" and sincerely apologises to commuters but could be more strikes on the way."

0707: BBC London 94.9's Gareth Roberts has tweeted that there's a limited District Line service into town from Wimbledon.

0657: The BBC's transport correspondent Richard Scott has been chatting to RMT union members at King's Cross and they say only 15% of services will run which conflicts with Transport for London assertion that on some lines 50% could operate. We'll see.

0650: RMT leader Bob Crow has just turned up at the King's Cross picket line.

0644: Don't forget to email us any photos of bus queues and crowds of people pounding the streets so we can try to get a sense of the impact of the strike. We've got our reporters out and about too.

0638: Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines now suspended

Boris Bike outside Broadcasting House


Bex Williams of BBC London TV has just taken this shot of a lonely Boris Bike parked outside Broadcasting House. Does this mean everyone's been up already to claim their bikes or did they take them home? How much would that have cost them?

0604: BBC London 94.9's Billy Reeves is now live here bringing you rolling travel news to help you get about - Twitter him, text him or email him so he can tell everyone else!

0557: According to BBC News a Transport for London (TfL) spokesman said it expected to be able to provide a 50% service on some lines and 25% on others. What's your experience as you head to work? Let us know

0550: Victoria totally suspended. See our Travel Twitter page for Steve Phillips' live updates

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