30/04/2014

52% Of Tube Services Continue Despite Strike

London Underground (LU) is operating 52% of Tube services today despite the strike called by the leadership of the RMT union.

LU carried 56% of its usual passenger numbers this morning, which is a record for a strike day.

Around 80% of stations are open and services are running on 10 of the 11 lines.

This morning services ran on all Tube lines during morning peak travel and three Tube lines are running services on their entire line.

Around 90% of Oyster cards that would usually be seen on the TfL network have been seen today – showing that London is again working and open for business.

Barclays Cycle Hire journeys are up by over 70% and journeys yesterday reached record numbers since the Olympic games.

Many thousands of staff and volunteer Travel Ambassadors drawn from TfL's support functions are out in force working hard to help customers and road users make their journeys. The strikes have been called by the leadership of the RMT union over plans to modernise the Tube.

Mike Brown, Managing Director of London Underground, said: "I'm sorry that Londoners are enduring more disruption today as a result of the RMT's pointless strike action.

"The only sensible course is for the RMT leadership to call off the strikes and get back to working with us to shape the future of the Tube, as the other three unions are doing.

"With more staff arriving for work than yesterday, we have been able to run 52 per cent of the train service and keep around 80 per cent of stations open.

"We have carried 56 per cent of our normal passengers this morning and nearly ninety per cent of the normal number of Oyster cards have been used across the TfL public transport network."

(CD/JP)

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