The Tube strike is expected to cause huge disruption across London throughout Monday. Services are not expected to get back to normal until Tuesday morning.
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1907: Despite the strike being officially over there will be many delays during the evening so keep listening to
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1900: Tube strike is now officially over and so I shall leave you with this thought from HeyCiaraD who tweeted: "If I've learnt one thing today, it's not to drive during a tube strike."
1848: Service suspended on Waterloo And City Line
1838: Tube strike officially ends at 1900 BST but disruption is expected to last until the end of the service on Monday evening.
1826: Bow Road station has re-opened
1810: Ok here are the latest station closures:
ALDGATE EAST STATION:
ANGEL STATION: Reduced escalator service until mid October 2010.
BETHNAL GREEN STATION:
BLACKHORSE ROAD UNDERGROUND STATION:
BOUNDS GREEN STATION:
CALEDONIAN ROAD UNDERGROUND STATION:
CANADA WATER STATION: Closed due to strike action. London Overground trains are also not stopping.
CANARY WHARF STATION: Reduced escalator service until late October 2010.
CHALK FARM STATION:
CHANCERY LANE STATION:
CHARING CROSS UNDERGROUND STATION:
CLAPHAM COMMON STATION:
CLAPHAM NORTH STATION:
COVENT GARDEN STATION:
DAGENHAM EAST STATION:
DAGENHAM HEATHWAY STATION:
EDGWARE ROAD BAKERLOO LINE STATION:
ELM PARK STATION:
FINSBURY PARK STATION: Open to Victoria line trains only due to strike action.
FULHAM BROADWAY STATION:
GANTS HILL STATION:
GOODGE STREET STATION:
GREAT PORTLAND STREET STATION:
GREEN PARK STATION: Reduced escalator service until mid November 2010.
HEATHROW TERMINAL 4 UNDERGROUND STATION:
HEATHROW TERMINAL 5 UNDERGROUND STATION:
HIGH STREET KENSINGTON STATION:
HOLLAND PARK STATION:
HOLLOWAY ROAD STATION:
HOUNSLOW WEST STATION:
HYDE PARK CORNER STATION:
KILBURN PARK STATION:
LAMBETH NORTH STATION:
LANCASTER GATE STATION:
LATIMER ROAD STATION: Closed westbound until Saturday 4 December.
MAIDA VALE STATION:
MANOR HOUSE STATION:
MARBLE ARCH STATION:
MORNINGTON CRESCENT STATION:
NORTH GREENWICH STATION: Reduced escalator service until late December 2010.
OXFORD CIRCUS STATION: Reduced escalator service
PICCADILLY CIRCUS STATION:
PICCADILLY CIRCUS STATION:
REGENT'S PARK STATION:
REGENT'S PARK STATION:
RUSSELL SQUARE STATION:
SHEPHERDS BUSH CENTRAL LINE STATION:
ST PAULS STATION:
STEPNEY GREEN STATION:
SWISS COTTAGE STATION:
TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD STATION:
TOTTENHAM HALE STATION:
TUFNELL PARK STATION:
UPMINSTER BRIDGE STATION:
VAUXHALL UNDERGROUND STATION:
WARREN STREET STATION:
WATFORD UNDERGROUND STATION:
WOOD GREEN STATION:
1804: Reduced service on Central Line between Leytonstone and White City due to strike action. No service on the rest of the line.
1803: Service suspended on Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Finsbury Park, and between Acton Town and Uxbridge. Reduced service running between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3 and between Cockfosters and Finsbury Park.
1757: An Evening Standard vendor has emailed: "I am at Waterloo giving out the Evening Standard and the Jubilee line is shut at Waterloo to Stanmore. Canada Water is closed as well.
1748: Normal service resumed on Waterloo And City Line following earlier strike action.
1745: Services only running on District Line between Barking and Ealing Broadway, and between Barking and Wimbledon due to strike action. No service on the rest of the line.
1744: Services only running on Bakerloo Line between Elephant and Castle and Queens Park due to strike action. No service on the rest of the line.
1743: Special service on Central Line between Leytonstone and White City due to strike action. No service on the rest of the line.
1733: Paris92 tweets: London Overground - Severe delays are occurring due to earlier electrical supply problems.
1715: Services only running on Metropolitan Line between Aldgate and Amersham, between Aldgate and Chesham and between Aldgate and Uxbridge.
1713: Latest station closures: Becontree, Bayswater, Barbican, Arsenal, Angel, Aldgate East, Great Portland Street and Elm Park.
1711: Severe delays on Waterloo and City line.
1709: on @BBCTravel Alert: "Victoria St clear, buses not v busy at all! Vic tube seems open, mainline busy, have seen worse."
1707: Chris Roylance has tweeted @BBCTravel Alert: "Huge delays on London Overground Barking to Gospel Oak due to multi-train failures."
1703: Severe delays on London Overground between Stratford and Richmond due to earlier electrical supply problems.
1701: eloisesmithh tweets: "Although this tube strike has caused a right fuss, it is lovely walking across Blackfriars Bridge looking a the Thames :)
1655: It's understood leaders of the Rail Maritime and Transport union and the Transport Salaried Staffs Association have written David Cameron pressing him to convene urgent talks in a bid to resolve a bitter row over 800 job losses.
1652: Trains not stopping at Finsbury Park on the Piccadilly line.
1651: Station closed on Jubilee Line and London Overground at Canada Water, special service on Northern Line and special service on Victoria Line.
1643: Services only running on Hammersmith And City Line between Hammersmith and Aldgate.
1640: Jubilee line update: Services only running on Jubilee Line between Waterloo and Stratford.
1637: The Tube strike will officially end at 1830 BST but still be prepared for a long journey home as it will take a long time for things to get back to normal.
1635: Services only running on Piccadilly Line between Cockfosters and Finsbury Park, and between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3.
1633: Bakerloo line update: Services only running between Elephant and Castle and Queens Park.
1621: Service suspended on London Overground between Stratford and Camden Road and severe delays on the rest of the line due to broken down train at Kentish Town West.
1619: Service suspended on London Overground between Stratford and Camden Road and severe delays on the rest of the line due to broken down train at Finchley Road and Frognal.
1617: Underground station closed on Circle Line, District Line and Jubilee Line at Westminster due to staff shortage.
1608: Services only running on Central Line between Leytonstone and White City.
1607: Services only running on District Line between Barking and Ealing Broadway, and between Barking and Wimbledon.
1553: Emikomusic is tweeting a positive spin on the Tube strike: "I have the sudden urge to do a MAJOR cleaning job on the house. Should I follow my instinct? I think so! Tube strike=domestic chores. :)"
1548: Underground station closed on Circle Line, District Line and Jubilee Line at Westminster due to staff shortage.
1547: Severe delays on London Overground between Watford Junction and London Euston due to train failure.
Matthew Curtis submitted this photo entitled "smug cyclist".
Rich Ames emailed BBC London: "Cycling is definitely the way to go. I cycle 7 miles almost everyday from Clapham Junction to Old Street. It saves me 10-15 mins than the Tube on a good day (ie 35 mins as opposed to 50 mins). Today, there were many more cyclists than usual. With the busier roads probably took me 10 mins longer than normal, but I passed an endless number of cars and busses today. Happy days!"
1538: Reduced service on London Underground at Kings Cross St Pancras.
1537: District line update: Services only running on District Line between Barking and Ealing Broadway, and between Barking and Wimbledon.
1536: Bakerloo line update: Services only running on Bakerloo Line between Elephant and Castle and Queens Park.
1535: Jubilee line update: Services only running on Jubilee Line between Wembley Park and Green Park.
1534: Severe delays on London Overground between Richmond and Stratford due to train failure.
1533: hftaylor88 tweets:Westminster station closed now - no staff
1510: District line update: Services only running on District Line between Barking and Ealing Broadway, and between Barking and Wimbledon. There is no service on the rest of the line.
1508: 21five tweeted: Paddington Station has no step free access from Bakerloo Line. Note some stations have different access to normal.
1505: Marcus Simpson has emailed BBC London: I run a small short term house sitting company that saves people who have Sky/Virgin/BT engineers, plumbers or deliveries attend their homes. As a company I spend ££££'s on travelcards/oysters for employees. Our service relies heavily on the tube as our employees use it to get to and from jobs. It has cause a great disruption to how we provide our service. The estimated cost of this tube strike has probably cost me up to £5000, of lost business, and employee cost. These tube strikes are a big problem. I don't see why the government is trying to put lives at risk by closing the ticket offices. These people are valuable members of the London Underground, with local knowledge, provide safety to passengers, provide customers service which machine cannot do. I also, think that Boris Johnson needs to stop letting the unions hold small businesses like mine, and the rest of London as hostages whenever they want to."
1455: Severe delays on London Overground between Watford Junction and London Euston due to train failure.
1448: Here's a cheery tweet from FakeRMT: "Good luck getting people home tonight! I reckon it'll take the average person 3 hours to cross London at 5pm."
1443: Bob Crow at the RMT has responded to Boris Johnson's comments in today's
: "The latest publicity stunt from Boris Johnson and the Tory Party financiers from the CBI is to advocate bending and distorting democracy to try and ban strikes by the back door and strip workers of their basic human rights in a move which has echoes of a right-wing, Latin-American military dictatorship. Under these proposals the vast majority of MEP's, Councillors and GLA members would be stripped of their seats if the same rules applied - this is simply an attempt to tighten the noose of the anti-union laws around the necks of the working class to make it easier to axe jobs and cut services. "
1440: Colin Stanbridge, Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) says:"Thanks to the resilience of Londoners the strikes called on the Tube network have failed to bring the capital to a halt but the disruption has again cost businesses both time and money. It is disgraceful that the capital's commuters are being used as pawns in the unions' shameless political game and we urge them to back down now to prevent further economic and reputational damage to London."
1415: More station closures: Shepherd's Bush, Pimlico, Queensway, Russell Square, Stepney Green, Southwark, Stanmore, Swiss Cottage.
1411: District line update: Services only running between Barking and Ealing Broadway, and between Barking and Wimbledon.
1410: Piccadilly line update: Services only running between Cockfosters and Finsbury Park, and between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1,2,3.
1404: More station closures; Bethnal Green, Wood Green, Watford (Met line), Warren Street, Wanstead, Vauxhall, Upney, Upminster Bridge, Tufnell Park, Tottenham Hale, Knightsbridge, North Greenwich and Elm Park.
1401: Services only running on Hammersmith and City Line between Hammersmith and Aldgate.
1355: Leyton joins the ranks of closed stations (Central line).
1349: robsmith87 tweets: Can we say a massive well done to the guys running the fast, friendly and well organised river boats today. Great effort!
1347: Greg Edwards has emailed BBC London with a novel approach: "The strike has next to no public support. If they want support they need to adopt the Australian strike approach. Rather than enjoying a day off work, they would work but open all the barriers and allow people to travel for free. This hurts the employers in the pocket without inconveniencing a city of people who just end up resenting tube workers."
1344: More stations closed: Kingsbury, Kilburn Park, Hyde Park Corner, Hounslow West, Hornchurch, Holloway Road, Holland Park, Holborn, High Street Kensington, Piccadilly stations at Heathrow Terminal 4 & 5, Hampstead, Great Portland Street, Goodge Street, Gants Hill, Fulham Broadway.
1343: Here are some latest station closures for you: Piccadilly Circus on the Bakerloo and Piccadilly line, Oval on the Northern line, Mornington Crescent on the Northern line, Monument station on the Circle and District lines and Marble Arch on the Central line.
1340: Services only running on Metropolitan Line between Aldgate and Amersham, between Aldgate and Chesham and between Aldgate and Uxbridge.
1333: Bob Crow disputes the 40% figure, saying: "The first casualty of war is always the truth."
1331: According to the Press Association: TfL says 40% of Tube services are running. Howard Collins, chief operating officer of London Underground, said: "We are running more services and serving more of the network than during the last strike. The unions have once again failed to bring London to a halt." Do you agree?
1326: Minor delays on London Overground between Clapham Junction and Willesden Junction due to train fault.
1321: As we already know the Circle line is suspended but also on the District line trains are not stopping at Paddington and on the Piccadilly line trains are not stopping at Finsbury Park.
1318: DanicP has tweeted: "Euston road at a standstill causing chaos."
1314: Don't forget about the Tube updates
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1304: The Jubilee Line is closed north of Wembley Park, while the Metropolitan Line is operating only from Aldgate to Amersham, Chesham and Uxbridge. The Piccadilly Line has trains from Finsbury Park to Cockfosters, and between Acton Town and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (not 4 or 5). The Northern, Victoria and Waterloo and City Lines are running all the way through, but with delays.
1300: Let's take another look at the Tube network. Still no Circle Line this lunchtime. There's no Bakerloo Line north of Queen's Park, while the Central Line is only running between Leytonstone and White City. The District Line is operating only from Barking to Ealing Broadway, while there are no services east of Aldgate on the Hammersmith and City Line.
1254: "The strike has had widespread effects," e-mails Marsha Jane in Canning Town. "I have had to leave for work 90 minutes earlier than normal and pay for an extra three hours' childcare today - but the strikers are sacrificing much more for our safety as well as jobs and I support them fully. So my journey has been disrupted - small price to pay to keep a decent safe Tube service running. Boris and TfL need to listen up and take notice and start talking to the unions."
1248: "Just got off Viccie Line - it was fine," tweets annkempster. "A few stations closed (Warren Street being one) but service was great." Keep your updates coming to us on Twitter at
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1242: Dani from Clapham had to get to work in Hackney, which normally takes her about an hour. "Today Brixton is closed (which is my closest Victoria Line), and although Stockwell is open for the Northern Line, the station I would usually use to get off is closed," she e-mails. "So instead my journey has been doubled in time to a two-hour bus journey across London, in traffic, during rush hour. I hope members of the RMT have a lovely day off."
There were problems for commuters on the Bakerloo Line
1238: "I walked 50 minutes to work from Euston today with no problems," e-mails Stephen Plaster from Leighton Buzzard. "People need to stop whinging and pull their socks up. The Tube has always been disruptive - Londoners know that and shouldn't expect anything otherwise. The strike is juvenile (it didn't work for the ports and miners!) and does them no favours in the eyes of an already critical public. Let's get to work, people!"
1229: Further problems for the District Line - but this time not because of the strike. Trains aren't running from Putney Bridge to Wimbledon as a road vehicle has hit a bridge at East Putney.
1223: "Whilst Bob Crow and the RMT have once again brought havoc to London's transport, can we please say a big 'thank you' to all the London Underground staff who chose to work today and keep something of the London Underground service running," e-mails Christine.
The queues were long at bus stops near Liverpool Street (Pic: Oli Watts)
"Too often the actions of the unions grab the headlines and too rarely the heroic efforts of staff go unacknowledged. It isn't easy crossing a picket line, it takes a lot of guts and determination. Thank you to those who chose to work today."
1217: Don't forget about the Tube updates
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- no detail is too small so please keep them coming.
1203: "I don't think tube passenger safety includes RMT staff taking on smokers," e-mails congokid, in response to Duncan's message at 1111. "Matches, lighters and lit cigarettes could all be classified as offensive weapons, and the first course of action for a member of staff would therefore be to contact the police. But by the time these turn up, the offenders could easily be miles away on another part of the system."
1200: "This is a London Underground special announcement," tweets lloydsparkes. "Please mind the gap between Bob Crow's ears."
There were long queues for buses outside King's Cross station earlier (pic: Gustavo Schettini)
1138: The Jubilee Line isn't running north of Wembley Park, while the Metropolitan Line is suspended from Aldgate to Amersham, Chesham and Uxbridge. The Piccadilly Line is running from Finsbury Park to Cockfosters and from Acton Town to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (but not 4 or 5). The Northern, Victoria and Waterloo and City Lines are running right through, but with severe delays.
1135: Let's have another update on the Tube. The Circle Line remains down. There are no trains north of Queen's Park on the Bakerloo Line. The Central Line is running only from Leytonstone to White City. The District Line has trains from Barking to Ealing Broadway and Wimbledon only. The Hammersmith and City Line is only running from Hammersmith to Aldgate.
1129: Daniel Chapman headed from Finsbury Park to Tower Hill and says he "actually made it to work only 10 minutes late". His journey involved "getting off a Victoria Line Tube at a very crowded King's Cross, where the gates at the stairs were locked, causing a bit of a crush (good call on the safety thing, Bob Crow), followed by a walk from King's Cross to Tower Hill. Wasn't all that bad actually. I can sympathise with the aims but there are other ways for the RMT to go about this. Why not run the system but refuse to collect any revenue - so switch off ticket machines, leave the gates open etc. This will cost TfL but not hold the public to ransom."
1122: The mayor is speaking about proud he is of London, and says only three of the bicycles used in his new hire scheme have been stolen. "We have them [and] we have the culprits," Mr Johnson says to applause. "We are taking away their right to free travel and obliging them, should they so choose, to earn in back."
RMT members have formed a picket line outside Victoria Tube station
1117: I say to the leaders of the unions that this gesture is nakedly and blatantly political," Mr Johnson adds. "It has nothing to do with health and safety or improving the terms and conditions of work of your members; and I say to our legislators at Westminster that it cannot be right that a ballot can lead to strike action when less than half the members of that union take part."
1116: Mayor Boris Johnson is addressing the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham. Of course, unions have criticised him for leaving London during the strike, instead of trying to resolve it. "I want to speak directly to the 3m people who use the London Underground network every day, and the first and most important thing is how deeply I regret the inconvenience you are suffering as a result of this strike."
1115: A Tube worker has e-mailed us but wants to stay anonymous so they are not disciplined. "Apologies to all Tube users for the inconvenience you are suffering today. Along with my colleagues I do not enjoy going on strike, and I feel bad for those of you affected by it," they write. "I am on strike because I do not want to see the underground ruined by a management plan that is against the interests of its users. Front line staff are essentially the main reason the Tube keeps functioning on a daily basis. Of course there are delays and signal failures because of historic under-investment, but when that happens and you need alternatives we are there to provide them. When accidents happen, or assaults, we are there to help, provide first aid and arrange for emergency services. We are ordinary people like you, but sometimes we have to do that little bit more."
1111: "I do not believe for one minute that Bob Crow or the RMT are concerned by passenger safety," e-mails Duncan Blunt. "I have travelled on the Tube where people are smoking on platforms and station staff, who proudly wear their RMT lapel badges, just ignore the smokers. About three weeks ago I was on the tube at King's Cross, where a group of people got on the tube and started smoking in the carriage. A station attendant, wearing his RMT lapel badge, just shrugged his shoulders and walked off at King's Cross of all places!"
1107: "Jubilee Line is now at a halt," tweets sourmash25 to
to BBC TravelAlert
. "Passenger collapsed on the train I was just on at Green Park."
1058: Hayley from Golders Green e-mails to say she was 90 minutes late for work in Moorgate after she could only take the Northern Line as far as Camden Town. "It was so crowded that I couldn't even get on to the Bank branch platform (later I saw they had locked the station)," she writes. "I gave up on the Tube and decided to take the 214 to Moorgate. It was a tiny, tiny bus and only one came in 40 minutes. So I gave up and walked from Camden to Moorgate." She says she has no idea how she'll get home.
Commuters queued for taxis at the cab rank next to Paddington station (Pic: tiredbees)
1042: Thanks for all your e-mails, tweets and photos this morning - please keep them coming! We'll keep this page going throughout the day and into the evening rush hour as well, as London tries to get home. Remember that although the strike ends at 1830 BST, disruption is expected all evening. We have Tube updates
on our website
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every 15 minutes. And why not try our special
Tube strike map
which is compiled using your reports.
1037: Doug e-mails after a Victoria Line journey which took 40 minutes rather than 30. "Managed commute from King's Cross to Vauxhall in pretty good time after my journey a bit earlier than usual. Had to get out at victoria, but caught a bus which wasn't ridiculously busy. Looks like a combination of organisation from TfL and the determimation of commuters is going to beat the destructive posturing of Bob Crow today."
1035: Andrew Smail says he got to work on the Northern Line, but it was the "most uncomfortable Tube journey I've had". "Note to passengers with big hair: if you're travelling on a strike day, please tie it back! (spent most of journey having face tickled/exfoliated by barnet of lady in front)."
1032: There's no Jubilee Line north of Wembley Park, while the Metropolitan Line is not running east of Baker Street. The Northern Line is running right through, but about 10 stations are closed. The only Piccadilly Line services are from Acton Town to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (not Terminals 4 or 5) plus Finsbury Park to Cockfosters. The Victoria Line is running all the way through. And on London Overground, there's no service from Harrow and Wealdstone to Watford Junction owing to a broken-down train. You're up to date.
People had to wait to get on to the Northern Line platform at Waterloo (Pic: Gina Jones)
1028: Probably a good time to update the state of play on the rest of the Tube network - the only line completely closed just now is the Circle. Still no trains north of Queen's Park on the Bakerloo Line, while the District Line is still shut from Barking to Upminster and between Turnham Green and Richmond. The Hammersmith and City Line is running only from Shepherd's Bush Market to Baker Street.
1026: The Central Line is now running for the first time this morning, from Leytonstone to White City.
1025: Jeremy in London had a good journey in. "I work in the City and I had no problems coming in this morning through the Waterloo and City Line," he e-mails. "There were no problems yesterday evening on the Northern Line either. Looks like TfL have learned from the last strike and winning the battle against the unions." Leon Roy writes that the Northern Line "was like a cattle truck this morning, but there was a certain camaraderie amongst us as we joked about our situation and jostled about in such close proximity".
1014: "Waiting for two hours for the 205 to get to King's Cross, then from there to Farringdon so I can be at work - but only two buses came in the two hours and yes, I couldn't get on any of them," says Ferial from Paddington. "Complete chaos - why should we miss our work because some people decided to strike? If they do not want to work then hire new people. My journey normally takes 20 minutes."
Commuters queued at Dalston Kingsland Overground station (Pic: Meltem Tas)
1013: Ian Marshall e-mails: "It took me two hours and 40 minutes to get to work this morning, by a mixture of walking and three buses, setting off at 5.30 am, during which time I got soaked. My normal journey would take an hour. I sympathise with the objective of the strikes, but they are not serving any purpose. Both sides of the dispute are far too entrenched now and it seems as though they do not want to reach an agreement."
1010: Please keep your stories coming - the links you need are in the shaded box above. "Woolwich Road a rolling car park," tweets Abstractnoise. "Lie-in spoiled by constant horns at roundabout between this and Blackwall Tunnel approach! Grrr!"
1003: The eastbound District Line "resembles a sardine can, and I'm in an emptier carriage", tweets adulescent. "I just got a seat on the Jubilee Line," adds sourmash25, who says "it is getting busy".
0958: Lisa says she found over-running engineering work first thing on trains into town from East Croydon. "8 am at Victoria: taxi queues heavy but extra buses added. Hurrah! Got to work at 8.45 am, delays mainly due to the heavy traffic," she e-mailed. "Didn't see as many Boris Bikes as last time!" Chris travelled on the District Line from Wimbledon and says it was "possibly the quietest and quickest journey I've ever taken to work! Makes me wonder what the striking staff do during the day if it can cope better without them working."
Underground services are badly disrupted right across London
0953: Not much has changed in terms of the services running over the past half-hour. Still no Central or Circle Lines. Full details about the rest of the network are
on our website
throughout the day, and remember travel updates are on
BBC London 94.9
every 15 minutes.
0951: Gemma says she managed to catch a number 7 bus from Bayswater to Soho. "I was incredibly lucky this morning," she e-mails. "One pulled round the corner just as I got to my bus stop and despite the crowd of people I managed to get on and get a seat on the top deck, so I had a very easy journey and arrived at work early! I did feel very sorry for the huge crowds of people at the Paddington bus stops and all along Edgware Road and Oxford Street, though. Paddington especially was just a mass of people filling the pavement."
0948: "I waited at a bus stop on Oxford Street for 25 minutes with no sign of a number 8 bus, even though I was at only the second stop on the route," e-mails Olivia. "Decided to walk the 2.7 miles and didn't get passed by one either - you sure it's the Tube on strike and not the number 8 bus route?!"
0945: Rushil e-mails to say the Northern Line "is running a decent service - I made it all the way from Tooting to Mile End in an hour all thanks to the great TfL staff!" But Gemma wasn't as lucky, telling us: "Tried to get from East Croydon to Uxbridge. Problems from the start as delayed engineering works. Got stuck at Clapham and gave up. Striking is only going to put people off from using the tube, surely?"
0942: Howard Collins from London Underground is back on BBC London 94.9, saying he hopes a Central Line service will be running "fairly soon". "There are many of my staff at work," he adds. "We are able to operate a third of the service and probably a more reliable service than we did last time [there was a strike]."
0940: Mark Hackett has e-mailed
to say: "I have been travelling since 7 am and I have made it to Kentish Town from Muswell Hill. Had to give up on the Northern Line from Archway. Trains were running every six minutes, but they were packed. Six trains went passed and so I caught a bus again. Now waiting for a First Capital Connect train and they are delayed as well!"
0939: Jordanharper tweets about "waiting over half an hour for a number 26 bus in Hackney". But Gary Little e-mails his "huge thanks to the extremely tolerant and committed staff on the Northern Line, which meant I made it from Colindale to London Bridge. Everyone I saw was calm and relaxed and the stations were well marshalled, with lots of LU and rail staff giving as much information as they could."
0935: Travel updates continue every 15 minutes all day on
BBC London 94.9
, where TSSA leader Gerry Doherty says he "regrets" if people "have been inconvenienced" this morning. "We're trying to make the point that you can't take 800 jobs out of an operating system and maintain safety standards or quality of service to passengers."
0928: "Chaos at Clapham Junction," tweets Brownie72. "People should check routes before they travel. Half of them don't know which bus or train they need." Darren_Ruback was on the Northern Line: "Train faulty and just terminated at Tottenham Court Road after taking 45 minutes to get to from Finchley."
Lots of people were waiting for buses close to Liverpool Street station (pic: AMonkster)
0923: The 133 bus at Brixton Road is "absolutely packed", tweets wadewadewade. "Can't get on it at all!" And jamgia says there's a 40-minute delay on buses from Highgate to Archway because of heavy traffic on Archway Road.
0921: Back on Twitter, Graham_Walsh says: "Just got on an empty Northern Line train at Totteridge and Whetstone. Trains every four mins or so."
0920: "I live close to St James' Park and I am a teacher working in Forest Gate, travelling to Upton Park on the District Line," e-mails Christopher Bellamy. "Like last time, my journey was quicker than ever because this stretch of the District Line remained open. However a number of stations were closed meaning that the train passed through without stopping - my journey time was almost 10 minutes quicker!"
0918: London Overground has had many technical problems this morning. The service is suspended from Kensington Olympia to Clapham Junction owing to a signal failure. There are also severe delays from Gospel Oak to Barking and between Euston and Watford Junction, with train breakdowns to blame.
0915: The Jubilee Line isn't running north of Wembley Park. The Metropolitan Line has no service east of Baker Street. The Piccadilly Line is only working from Acton Town to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (not Terminals 4 or 5) and between Finsbury Park and Cockfosters. The Victoria Line is closed from Seven Sisters to Walthamstow. The Northern and Waterloo and City Lines are running with delays.
0912: There's still no service on the Bakerloo Line north of Queen's Park. The District Line is closed between Barking and Upminster, and from Turnham Green to Richmond. The Hammersmith and City Line is running only from Shepherd's Bush Market to Baker Street.
0910: Let's have another look at the state of the network. Still no service on the Central Line, even though London Underground's Howard Collins said he hoped this would this would be running by 0900. The Circle Line is still completely closed too.
0908: Apologies if you're having problems accessing our interactive crowd map at the moment - it's been swamped this morning and is running more slowly than normal just now.
0907: The RMT union says support for the strike is "rock solid" and claims there's "massive and widespread" disruption on all Tube lines. "The anger of the Mayor's Tube staff at his repeated attacks on them is shown in the rock-solid support for today's action and the fact that hundreds of staff have turned back at the picket lines," says leader Bob Crow.
0905: The strike is "completely unnecessary, inappropriate and it's not going to achieve anything", Transport Secretary Philip Hammond tells BBC Surrey. "The unions have to engage with London Underground. Everybody's got to work together to change working practices and drive cost out of our railway system, whether it's the mainline system or the tube system."
0903: "More buses this morning because of the strike? I don't think so," e-mails Nick Viner from Camden. "Waiting for half an hour already for one to arrive. Another false promise."
0902: Please keep your e-mails coming to
with tales from your journey. "Simply pathetic," says Mitesh from Harrow. "I waited at my Tube station and returned home after 30 minutes despite the 'limited service' on the Metropolitan Line. I start at a new firm today and am very angry," he adds. "Mayor of London - let go of your ego and settle the matter!"
0900: "I live in Zone 5 (Harrow and Wealdstone) and work in Zone 1 (Victoria)," e-mails Sohail Khaliq. "I had to wake up at 0500 but ended up 30 minutes late, after changing four buses. They were all so full they weren't stopping at my bus stop. It is totally unfair with us. There are other ways to demonstrate as well, but why choose to halt London?"
There were long queues to get down to the Tube station at Euston
0854: The queues at Euston are so long that some commuters are taking 10 to 15 minutes to get down the single escalator from the mainline concourse to the Tube station, BBC London's Jason Rosam reports. There's a 40-minute queue for taxis too, he adds.
0853: "Have got into office by normal time," e-mails Lynne. "Our train was packed. Many thanks to the Metropolitan Line staff and crew who have come to work today."
0852: The Circle and Central Lines remain completely suspended. There's another problem on the London Overground route from Kensington Olympia to Clapham Junction, which is suspended because of a signal failure. All the details are
on our website
throughout the day, and remember travel updates continue on
BBC London 94.9
every 15 minutes all day.
0846: The Bakerloo Line from Waterloo to Oxford Circus was "fine" this morning, BBC London's Gareth Roberts says, although it did not stop at Charing Cross or Piccadilly Circus, with mainline trains from Wimbledon to Waterloo "not bad".
0841: "I am 12 and today I can't get to school because I go on the train to Elm Park," e-mails Rachel. "My nearest station, Becontree, is on strike and so are the surrounding ones, Dagenham Heathway and Dagenham East. There is no bus route from Becontree to Elm Park so I need to get trains. I was supposed to go to the school production's rehearsals today and now I can't. Thank you strikers for being such a nuisance."
0840: "I was trying to get from Leyton to Stockwell this morning," e-mails Beatrix. "As the Tube station was obviously closed I was looking at the bus option - only if any bus would have opened their doors! As all the buses towards Stratford were full, I tried walking back a few stops to enhance my chances to get on - without any success. Maybe if a few extra buses were sent empty just to pick up those people that would have helped. Where are the extra buses promised?"
There was a long queue for taxis outside St Pancras station in central London
Don't forget to keep checking our special
Tube strike map
throughout the morning. We're updating it with your information so please keep it coming.
0832: "Canning Town station gridlocked," tweets josethemouse. "Closed the barriers due to overcrowding."
0830: There are actually trains at the top end of the Metropolitan Line, tweets commuterdiaries. "Special service on Amersham and Uxbridge branches running. Amersham trains calling at all stations including Northwood to North Harrow."
0827: "I just took my normal route from Balham to Kennington," e-mails Guy Chaudoir, who took the Northern Line. "It says 'special service', which means no stopping at Clapham Common, Clapham North or Oval, meaning I got to work earlier than usual."
0825: M4u2nv has been trying to catch a Southeastern mainline train but says there are delays and cancellations owing to "train shortages".
0823: The Northern Line's Bank branch is "OK if busy", tweets deadliftbear. The Charing Cross branch is "less frequent but coping", while Waterloo is busy. The Shell Centre entrance, handy for the South Bank, is open.
0822: "Love the Jubilee Line guys right now," tweets NazyaAli. "Trains running from Wembley Park, just got on at Neasden and got a seat."
0821: Let's head back to Twitter, where aydnjames is on a number 9 bus towards Green Park. "Stuck in lots of traffic at Knightsbridge, bus packed!"
0819: First Capital Connect services from Moorgate to Finsbury Park are now running again. About 90 Tube stations are shut, though.
A Bakerloo Line train at Waterloo was empty this morning, despite the strike
The Waterloo and City Line is now running, but with severe delays.
0817: About a third of services are running on the Tube network this morning, Mr Collins adds. Asked if the dispute can be resolves, he says he hopes London Underground and union leaders can "get together" at the conciliation service Acas this week.
0816: The Central Line is "about to start in the next 30 minutes or so", Howard Collins from London Underground tells
BBC London 94.9
and adds the Victoria Line is about to run to Walthamstow for the first time this morning.
0814: "I've just been from Victoria to South Kensington," e-mails Tom C. "Was expecting long delays so left early. District Line service was better than normal!"
0812: John Hillier from Ilford says he usually catches the Central Line into town from Newbury Park. "Instead I walked to Seven Kings and got a train to Liverpool Street and walked from there," he e-mails. "It took me about 10 minutes longer than normal and to cap it off, I got a seat, which is always a good thing. I will travel home the same way, so no problems for me today."
0811: "Because of the strike, I have been unable to take my toddler to nursery in central London," e-mails Helen in north London. "This has cost me not just in financial terms, and I am unable to go to work, as I have to look after my toddler. My husband is trying to use overground rail services, which are patchy - scheduled trains not turning up, no information on the boards or announcements." Please let us know your stories this morning by e-mail at
0808: If you're passing through Victoria station this morning, watch out for
Asad Ahmad and the BBC London TV team
who are outside. Their updates are on BBC One in London. Of course
BBC London 94.9
has travel updates every 15 minutes, and our reporters are out and about, backed up by our travel team back at BBC London HQ.
Commuters have been searching for buses around Waterloo station (pic: Eloise Smith)
The Piccadilly Line has services only from Acton Town to Heathrow Airport and King's Cross St Pancras to Cockfosters. The Victoria Line is running from Green Park to Seven Sisters. In addition there's no London Overground service from South Tottenham to Barking owing to two train failures at Gospel Oak, and First Capital Connect trains are not running between Moorgate and Finsbury Park.
0804: There are no trains north of Wembley Park on the Jubilee Line. The Metropolitan Line is suspended between Baker Street and Aldgate, from Harrow on the Hill to Watford, and from Chalfont and Latimer to Chesham. The Northern Line is running right through.
0802: The Bakerloo Line has no service north of Queen's Park. On the District Line, trains are suspended between Barking and Upminster, and from Turnham Green to Richmond. The Hammersmith and City Line is running only from Shepherd's Bush Market to Baker Street.
0800: Let's recap the state of the Tube network as we know it just now. There are no services at all on the Central, Circle or Waterloo and City Lines.
0758: Paul H e-mails to say: "Just been through Euston and it's showing 'special service' on most lines and I imagine that means disruption. Nowhere have I seen today 'good service', as Jane Mower says. Ah well, another long walk..."
0756: Southern Rail cancelled the first three trains of the day into Victoria on the East Grinstead line owing to over-running engineering work, says BBC London's Chirag Trivedi. He caught the Victoria Line from Victoria to Oxford Circus and even got a seat.
0753: Outside King's Cross station
is marcsettle, who tells us the Victoria Line from Highbury and Islington was "running fine" a little while ago.
0750: Thanks for all your tweets to
this morning. RaviMelwani says he "had to be in Hammersmith at 9 so left Highbury before 7 fearing the worst. It's 7.45 and here I am via Victoria and District Lines. Easy!" And robsmith87 was expecting the riverboats "to be rammed today". His
picture from Waterloo Boat Pier
suggests this isn't the case, though...
0745: Everything you tell us this morning is being fed into our special
Tube strike map
so please keep your stories coming as you head out and about.
Commuters were being warned to expect severe delays on the Tube
0743: Richmond Tube station is closed but mainline services are running, reports BBC London's Sara Orchard. The train into Waterloo is busy but there are no queues, she adds.
0741: Transport for London's displays are still claiming the Bakerloo and Northern Lines have a good service, says the BBC's Jane Mower at Paddington station, even though lots of stations are closed. There are barriers across the main entrance to the Tube there, with passengers directed into a side entrance.
0739: "After 15 minutes on the 253, I'm only three minutes from my flat," writes rickvug on Twitter. "This isn't looking good."
0737: Clapham Junction's London Overground platform towards Shepherd's Bush is "packed", says Just_Loraa, adding: "I got the bad feeling I'm gonna get pushed by a bunch of strangers."
0736: Let's head to the Twittersphere and look at some of the updates there. KelliWilson20 says motorbikes and cyclists are starting to use the footpaths around Finsbury Park and traffic nearby is moving very slowly.
0728: Industrial action is also affecting First Capital Connect mainline services too, it seems. All services intended for Moorgate are currently starting and finishing at Finsbury Park instead.
0724: The Northern Line seems to be the only one running from start to finish, albeit with minor delays. But lots of stations are closed along the way - among them are Angel, Belsize Park, Borough, Chalk Farm, Clapham North, Colliers Wood Hampstead, Mornington Crescent, Old Street, Oval, South Wimbledon and Tufnell Park.
0720: Manuel Cortes from the TSSA - one of the two unions behind the strike - tells
BBC London 94.9
that it's "nonsense" for the mayor to suggest the walkout is down to hardline militants. Boris Johnson has "not once met the unions" to discuss Tube matters during his two years in power, he adds. He apologises to commuters but says he hopes they understand "maybe some short-term pain will lead to long-term gain".
0716: It's probably worth outlining
Transport for London's contingency plans
for today. It's laying on an extra 100 buses for commuters and there are 10,000 additional places for riverboat services. Some taxi ranks are being marshalled and of course the new bike-hire scheme is offering cycles for commuters as well.
0710: More from BBC London's Jason Rosam at a "wet, miserable" Euston station. He's just seen a number 59 bus which is "absolutely packed" and Euston Road is jammed. One commuter tells him it's an "unreal" situation and big parts of London seem to be coming to a "standstill".
0706: Further updates - big chunks of the Metropolitan Line are suspended, with no trains from Baker Street to Aldgate, or Harrow on the Hill to Watford, or Chalfont and Latimer to Chesham. The Northern Line is running right through but some stations are shut. The Piccadilly Line is running only from Heathrow Airport to Acton Town and Arnos Grove to Cockfosters. Do you need to get to Heathrow today? Are you worried about making your flight? Contact us to let us know. Finally, the Victoria Line is running only from Green Park to Seven Sisters.
0703: The Bakerloo Line has no trains north of Queen's Park. The District Line is not running between Barking and Upminster, or from Turnham Green to Richmond. The Hammersmith and City Line is only operating from Baker Street to Shepherd's Bush Market. The Jubilee Line has no trains north of Wembley Park.
0700: The gates have now opened at Victoria Tube station, BBC London's Asad Ahmad says. Let's have another look at the state of the underground network now - remember things are changing by the minute so it's hard to predict how they'll pan out through the morning. There are still no trains running on the Central or Circle Lines, plus the Waterloo and City Line.
0652: BBC London's Jason Rosam is at Euston station for the
BBC London 94.9 Breakfast Show
and says the queues for buses seem longer than normal during the morning rush hour.
0642: So how have the unions reacted to the mayor's remarks? Well, Pat Sikorski from the RMT has called for Mr Johnson "to stop insulting us by calling our action 'puerile' and to get down here and enter into proper talks in order to resolve this dispute". The RMT and TSSA unions - which organised the walkout - are unhappy the mayor is at the Tory conference in Birmingham, rather than London, on strike day.
0638: London Mayor Boris Johnson has called the strike a "political attack" on the coalition government, and has told BBC London that it was organised by "a diehard militant union leadership". According to
this morning's Daily Telegraph
he's also going to use a speech to the Conservative Party conference to call for a change in the law in the way strikes are called.
0635: Another way you can keep in touch with the latest developments is through
BBC London's Twitter feed
and we're updating that all day.
0632: It's going to be a damp day in London, says Liam Dutton at the BBC Weather Centre, with rain lingering most of the time. It's unlikely to die out before the end of the afternoon, he adds. Not ideal conditions to be queueing for a bus or taking to the roads, then.
0630: On the radio, Gaby Roslin and Paul Ross have the BBC London 94.9 Breakfast Show, with travel updates every 15 minutes and regular reports from our team who are out and about around London.
0627: BBC London's Asad Ahmad is presenting our TV news bulletins from Victoria Tube station all morning - you can watch on BBC One and the BBC News Channel. There's an RMT union picket line at the station, where the gates are closed.
0625: During the day we'll hear regularly from BBC London's transport correspondent, Tom Edwards. Over the weekend
he prepared a video for us
to help to prepare for the strike.
0620: The Piccadilly Line is running only from Acton Town to Hammersmith, and there are trains only from Victoria to Seven Sisters on the Victoria Line. In addition the Docklands Light Railway is suspended from Shadwell to Bank, as knock-on from Bank Tube station being closed.
0618: Elsewhere the Hammersmith and City Line is only running from Shepherd's Bush Market to Baker Street and then from Barking eastwards. There's no Jubilee Line from Waterloo to Stanmore, while the Metropolitan Line is suspended from Baker Street to Aldgate, between Harrow on the Hill and Watford, and from Chalfont and Latimer to Chesham.
0615: At the moment there are major problems on the Tube network with about 70 stations closed first thing. There are no trains running at all on the Central and Circle Lines, or the Waterloo and City Line. The Bakerloo Line has services only between Queen's Park and Elephant and Castle. The District Line is closed between Barking and Upminister, from Earl's Court to Edgware Road and Kensington Olympia, and between Turnham Green and Richmond.
0600: Good morning from the BBC London team. This is the page where we'll be passing on all of the details we gather about the Tube strike, with details of the lines which are affected and the impact on other methods of transport. And we need your help - please send your stories, texts, photos or travel alerts to our
Tube strike map
. It's an experimental project which we're trying out during the walkout, which continues until 1830 BST.
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