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Tube strike continues for commuters

London Underground (LU) has managed to run services on all 11 lines of the Tube network on a second morning of disruption caused by a strike.

Chief operating officer Phil Hufton said it was a first for a strike day.

By 08:00 BST all lines had some service although frequency was disrupted and about 30 stations remained closed.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union began a strike on Monday night over plans to close all ticket offices at a cost of 960 jobs.

Two lines opened earlier than the advertised 07:00.

Waterloo station opens The Waterloo and City Line was closed on Tuesday but opened on Wednesday morning
Passengers at Waterloo Station Platforms on the Jubilee Line at Waterloo Station were packed with commuters
A Routemaster bus outside Victoria station Vintage buses have been brought back into use to help supplement services

LU said more staff members had arrived for work than during the last strike in February and that volunteers were helping passengers.

On Tuesday, the RMT accused LU of "misleading" the public over the level of services and of leaving platforms and stations "dangerously overcrowded".

RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: "It helps no-one for LU to deliberately mislead the public as to what services are available, as it simply piles dangerous levels of pressure on to the ghost trains and skeleton operations, leaving passengers and staff at risk."

'Protection assured'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson wants legislation preventing strike action unless at least 50% of union members in a workplace take part in a ballot.

He told BBC London 94.9 he had received assurances from Prime Minister David Cameron.

He said: "I've had it from his lips in public, that on day one of a new Cameron administration he will be able to deliver a deal that gives exactly the protection that Londoners want."

He added: "This is a strike by one of the unions concerned and a small minority have triggered that."

The RMT has said it will strike for 72 hours from 21:00 on Monday 5 May, if the ticket office dispute is not resolved.

Asked if it would come to that, Mr Johnson said: "I can't say what is in the minds of the RMT and their leadership.

"I think most people looking at the generosity of terms would say that's quite enough already."

RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash called Mr Johnson's remarks a "wholesale assault on trade unions".

He accused him of using Londoners "as pawns in his personal crusade for the leadership of the Tory party".

He said reducing Tube workers would make stations a "criminals' paradise", adding: "The political posturing by the Mayor and his officials at London Underground and TfL must stop and talks based on RMT's proposed solution to the dispute must be reconvened."

Service operating

LU said 50% of services were running on Tuesday.

Extra bus services have been in operation since the start of the strike, with some vintage models being brought back into use.

Customers are advised to check their journeys before travelling, but LU has advised the following services are in operation - although with trains running less frequently and some stations closed:

The DLR and London Overground lines are not affected by the strike action.

The strike is due to end after 48 hours, at 20:59 on Wednesday, but disruption may continue into Thursday morning.

The union and London Underground (LU) have met more than 40 times via the arbitration service Acas since the last 48-hour strike in February, but talks broke down on Monday.

TfL needs to save £4.2bn by 2020; it hopes to save £50m a year by closing ticket offices.

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