November 3, 2010 / 9:34 AM / 9 years ago

London commuters hit by latest tube strike

Queues of commuters wait for buses at Victoria Station in London November 3, 2010. Millions of commuters struggled to work on Wednesday as staff on the underground rail network went on a 24-hour strike, their third walk-out since September in a dispute over planned job cuts. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of commuters struggled to work on Wednesday as staff on London’s underground rail network went on a 24-hour strike, their third walk-out since September in a dispute over planned job cuts.

Transport for London, which runs the network, denied the city was paralysed, saying about 40 percent of tube trains were operating as well as the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) which serves the financial district in east London.

But the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union said every line on the system was either suspended, part suspended or running ghost trains through closed stations as support for the strike remained “rock solid.”

Workers are protesting against London Underground’s plan to eliminate 800 jobs through the reduction of station staffing and opening hours at some ticket offices.

The network carries some 3 million passengers daily and business lobbies have said the stoppages cost the capital up to 50 million pounds per day.

Reporting by Karen Foster; Editing by Steve Addison

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