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Anger and frustration from commuters in Harrow during tube strike
People were left angry and frustrated with their rush hour commute home due to industrial action by London Underground workers.
Commuters in Harrow were yesterday left with a partial service on the Metropolitan Line between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Aldgate, but now trains running on the Watford branch of the line.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers union walked out over plans from Transport for London to close ticket offices which will see up to 960 jobs cut.
Thousands of people were forced to cram into buses at Harrow station to complete their journeys, many setting off earlier in the morning and leaving work early to get home.
Nalin Loomba, who relies on the Met Line to get home to North Harrow, said: “I have had to change my travel plans. I left home extra early and I was able to leave the office early.
“To me I don’t see much point in the strike. I can’t remember the last time I used a ticket office. So many people have Oyster cards now and can find out information online so are used less and less.”
Marilyn Lynch, who spent more than two hours getting home, said: “It took me three hours to get to work this morning for a journey which usually takes one.
“It’s just ridiculous and very frustrating. Working people across London are being made to pay more when we just want to get to work.”
Prashant Dave, who works in the West End of London said: “It has been a terrible day for travelling to and from work and very frustrating.
“I understand why they have gone on strike but it is not fair normal working people are the ones that suffer.”
Transport for London said despite the strike by the RMT, two thirds of stations on the underground network were open and services were running on nine out of the 11 lines on Tuesday.
On the Wednesday TFL managed to run services on all 11 lines and had a record number of busses running throughout the strike period.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: "Instead of producing bogus timetables, tube chiefs should be round the table responding positively to RMT's proposals for resolving a dispute which is about nothing more than cash led cuts to jobs, services and safety."
The RMT has also planned a 72-hour tube strike from 9pm on Monday May 5 if the dispute over ticket office closures is not resolved in the coming days.
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