London Tube Strike Disrupts Travel for Millions
Millions of tourists and commuters were left paralyzed by Thursday's Tube strike in London.
While London Underground's lines resumed service on Friday morning, according to the Telegraph, residual delays were still being felt throughout the network.
Thursday's disruption of service forced tourists visiting London to find other means of transportation to explore the English capital, including buses and taxis.
Instagram user Abbie Morrow captured a photo of the resulting congestion.
Unsurprisingly given the circumstances, biking and even walking became popular modes of getting around, as writer Anthony Hill pointed out.
I'm noticing a sudden rise in cycling tourists, many of whom have apparently never ridden a bike before. #TubeStrike— Anthony Hill (@Anthony_Hill) July 9, 2015
According to London's public transit authority, hundreds of additional buses and river boat services were rolled out ahead of the strike in an effort to ease the chaos, but the extra buses crowded the roads and failed to prevent long queues from forming across the city.
The strike was called after worker unions and the rapid public transit system were unable to agree on a wage deal pertaining to all-night weekend service set to roll out in September.
"We work to keep London moving day in, day out...We cope with an ever-increasing numbers of passengers - 100 million more in just the last five years - and are happy to do so," said the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association in a statement on its official website.
"We don't mind working these hours, or the even longer ones due to the Night Tube. All we ask for is a sensible solution to the safety implications of the Night Tube, honest negotiations and a reasonable settlement on pay and hours."
As service returns to normal on Friday, tourists visiting London can expect travel woes to lessen over the weekend.
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