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It is the first Monday back at work in the New Year, and it’s one commuters will want to forget.

A 24-hour Tube strike started on Sunday (January 8) at 6pm, meaning a major headache for the passengers who need to travel into work in the city this morning (Monday January 9).

The industrial action is affecting most London Underground stations, although a reduced service is expected to run on parts of the network.

There had been slim hopes the walk-out would be avoided but 11th hour peace talks between Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) union , Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) and London Underground (LU) failed.

The walk-out is over staff cuts and ticket office closures. LU says it could have been avoided.

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Time to wrap up the blog

This marks the end of our live coverage of the 24-hour London Underground strike.

Commuters will be relieved to know that the tubes are set to return to normal service tomorrow morning.

Thanks for reading and travel safely.

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86 per cent more bikes hired today than the January average.

TfL has deployed nearly 500 Travel Ambassadors in order to help customers get around the city today while over 150 extra buses have been deployed to enhance existing routes. Extra Santander Cycle hubs have been put in place around central London to help customers move around the city, with 86 per cent more bikes hired today than the January average.

Statement from TfL CEO

Here is the full statement from the CEO of Transport for London, Steve Griffiths:

“I thank customers for their patience as they try to make their journeys this evening during this unnecessary strike. We have hundreds of Travel Ambassadors on hand to help keep customers informed and help them get around the capital. I encourage customers to complete their journeys by 6pm if at all possible.

“This strike, called by the leadership of the RMT and TSSA unions, is unnecessary. We had always intended to review staffing levels and have had constructive discussions with the unions. We agree that we need more staff in our stations and have already started to recruit 200 extra staff and this is likely to increase further as we work through the other areas that need to be addressed. Taking into account existing vacancies and natural turnover this means that over 600 staff will be recruited for stations this year. There will also be increased opportunities for promotion.

“All of this will ensure that our customers feel safe, fully supported and able to access the right assistance in our stations at all times. We encourage the unions to continue working with us on this process and the only way to resolve this dispute is to keep talking about how to improve our stations.”

Thinking of taking an Uber? Read this article first

If you’re thinking an Uber might give you the best chance of making it home, make sure you read our article about surge prices.

Tube strikes have driven the price of Ubers up with some people paying 4.5x more.

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Finish journeys by 6pm

Transport for London are warning commuters to finish their journeys by 6pm because services will actually be REDUCED after the strike ends.

If you’re still at work it might be a good time to cash in any favours you have to try and escape earlier to beat the rush.

Strike ends at 6pm, but will services return to normal?

Will there is only just over an hour left of this nightmare tube strike, services are not expected to return to normal immediately.

To find out when we can expect a normal service see our article:

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/tube-strike-walkout-finish-6pm-12426702

The chaos is about to start again

London’s public transport chaos is due to escalate again as Monday rush hour kicks in and workers scramble to make their way home.

Station closures and reduced services will be causing problems across the capital and we will be bringing you updates throughout the evening.

Buses are under increased strain as commuters find alternative means of transport.

Clapham Junction chaos earlier today

During the morning rush hour Clapham Junction was evacuated due to over crowding.

Hundreds of commuters were forced to leave the station, while train passengers captured the packed concourse on their phones.

See the video below, and read the full story here.

TfL update

TfL said in its 1pm update:

Piccadilly line services are running from Hammersmith to Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and from Uxbridge and Acton Town to Heathrow Terminal 5. There are no services at all on the Victoria or Waterloo & City lines.”

Santander bikes boost

With the strike having a knock-on affect on National Rail, Overground, DLR and bus services, one popular way to get about today is the humble bicycle. According to TfL there has been a 149% increase in Santander Cycle hires

TfL: Complete your journey home by 6pm

A TfL spokesperson said:

TfL staff are working hard to keep customers informed and ensure London keeps moving and remains open for business today. However, customers are advised that although the strike ends at 6pm services are expected to be disrupted throughout the day and evening and journeys should be completed by 6pm.”

TfL: More stations open than closed

TfL says nearly 70% of its stations were open at 1pm today (Monday, January 9), with services running on nine of 11 Tube lines.

But he's coming under pressure

Sadiq Khan has said industrial actions was ‘a sign of failure’ and had promised ‘zero days of strikes’.

He’s now facing heavy scrutiny for the Tube strike walk-out.

Mayor has his say

London mayor Sadiq Khan has tweeted to call today’s industrial action “unnecessary”.

No Trousers on the Tube!

Yep, you’ve correctly read the title of this blog entry!

On Sunday (January 8) before the Tube strike started Londoners decided whip off their trousers to travel on the London Underground.

Hundreds took part in the challenge, baring all, remaining calm, and pretending like nothing was different.

Click here to watch our cheeky video.

Anger at Uber

Taxi app Uber is under coming under fire after it emerged its fares have risen up to four times during the Tube strike.

A spokesperson says its is not hiking prices to take advantage of commuters’ misery. He said:

The fare increases automatically, and only in response to real-time demand when there are not enough available cars.”

Read the full story here.

Video: London struggles as industrial action continues

London Underground strike latest

Here’s the getwestlondon latest of the strike bringing London to a standstill.

RMT statement

This is the latest statement from the RMT Union this morning:

General secretary, Mick Cash, said:

It does no one any favours for TFL to openly lie about how many Tube services are running. It just piles more people into stations that are already dangerously over crowded and ramps up the risk of a major crushing incident.

TFL should stop peddling their fantasy world of ‎ services that are operating when the truth is that London is on an almost total shutdown.

They should cut out this lethal nonsense and get their top London Undergound bosses back round the negotiating table with a serious set of proposals to settle this dispute.

Update

Here is the latest reaction, pictures and video from commuters this morning who have struggled to get to work.

TfL has provided information on how each line is affected:

  • Bakerloo Line: Service operating between Queens Park and Harrow and Wealdstone only, approximately every 10 minutes. No service on the rest of the line.
  • Central Line: Service operating West Ruislip to North Acton, Epping to Liverpool Street and Hainault to Liverpool Street via Newbury Park and Hainault to Woodford. No service on the rest of the line.
  • District Line : Severe delays Earls Court to Richmond and Ealing Broadway, minor delays on the rest of the line.
  • Jubilee Line: Service operating Stanmore to Baker Street, No service on the rest of the line.
  • Metropolitan Line: No service Baker Street to Aldgate.
  • Northern Line: Service operating Edgware to Golders Green and High Barnet to East Finchley and Kennington to Morden. No service on the rest of the line.
  • Piccadilly Line : Service operating Acton Town to Uxbridge, Hammersmith to Heathrow all terminals and Cockfosters to Arnos Grove, No service on the rest of the line.
Stations across London are closed to commuters on Monday (January 9)
Stations across London are closed to commuters on Monday (January 9) (Image: @roffmanmagician)

Clapham Junction update

We’re hearing reports that Clapham Junction has reopened. Repeat: Clapham Junction has reopened

Check out this queue for a taxi

This was the queue for a taxi outside Liverpool Street Station this morning

Take a look at some of the queues Londoners have been dealing with this morning

There's more to look forward to this week

If you’re having a rubbish time with the Tubes at the moment, you may want to look away now. Because commuters can look forward to more fun when ASLEF drivers on Southern Rail hold a three-day strike tomorrow (Tuesday, January 10), Wednesday and Friday.

And another video clip

Video clips from Clapham Junction

And the news isn't going down well in Shepherd's Bush

'Insane queue'

I could be wrong here, but I think Platform 1 at Clapham Junction takes you towards Shepherd’s Bush etc...

South West trains: As bad as its ever been

I wouldn't want to be in that Clapham Junction crowd