Travel chaos for Brent commuters as Tube strike hits lines running through the borough
PUBLISHED: 13:30 05 February 2014 | UPDATED: 13:43 05 February 2014
Commuters living in Brent have endured agonising delays and disruption as the 48-hour Tube strike reaps havoc to their travel plans.
Frustration has been plastered on the faces of many underground passengers, who have struggled to complete their journeys as a row between Transport for London (TfL) and union bosses continues over the proposed closure of ticket offices.
Industrial action has created chaos on Brent roads this morning as thousands seek alternative routes, putting pressure on bus services and creating unwelcomed congestion.
Disruptions have resulted in major delays across the London Underground services and have grinded some lines to a halt.
Twitter user @Marks140s posted: “It’s 7:30 Kingsbury station is still closed. Will this be one that remains closed all morning? There are about 100 people here.”
Furious travellers riled over changes to services including the closure of the Bakerloo Line, which was due to run a reduced service run between Queen’s Park and Elephant & Castle.
London Underground said it was operating train services on eight out of 11 lines despite the “completely unnecessary” strike.
Mike Brown, Managing director of London Underground, said “Many thousands of LU and Transport for London (TfL) staff are working hard to keep customers informed and ensure we keep London moving and open for business today.”
Residents have accused staff at Wembley Park Station of misleading the public after they closed the main entrance of the station, leading many to believe that the station has shut.
Commuters faced a battled to board trains which were brimming with people eager to get to their respective destinations.
London Overground trains, which is running a full service, as pack trains left many passengers unable to board them at stations in north-west London.
To add to the chaos a packed Overground train at North Wembley was delayed after a passenger pulled an emergency cord.
Bob Crow, leader of the RMT union, who has spearheaded negotiations with said: “It does Londoners no favours to be told by London Underground that stations will be open, only to turn up and find the gates slammed shut.”
Claiming that unions were forced to take this action, he added: “Instead of pumping up ridiculous publicity stunts like the ‘volunteer ambassador’ nonsense, LU should be around the table with us settling this dispute which is simply about austerity cuts to jobs, safety and services.”
The strike is set to continue for 48 hours unless a last minute is struck by union chiefs and TFL.
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