WATCH: #tubestrike diaries – we go underground (your bus reading tonight)

Today another 72 hour tube strike began on the London Underground, in protest at the closure of ticket offices and other grievances of TfL staff.

We took a camera out to record the mayhem this morning, but didn’t find it all that bad.

Take a look.

Photo: Aurelien Guichard

Photo: Aurelien Guichard

Between 8am and 11am, the stations we visited (Finsbury Park, Euston, Kings Cross, Old Street, Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Victoria) didn’t appear as busy as in the last strike in February.

You assured us that there were some packed tubes and buses, but some of you said online that your journey to work was a lot quicker than usual.

There were reduced services on some lines, others were closed altogether, taxi ranks and bike stands were busy, and buses and trains full in some places.

Here’s the video of what we found, which sadly wasn’t all as interesting as what we came across last time!


In the time it took for our video to render and upload to YouTube, we know it’s been a lot busier this evening.

Here’s a guide of what’s meant to be running tonight.

Here’s some statistics from TfL and Full Fact which conclude that instead of around 3% of transactions that are processed in ticket offices, actually the full figure is around 19%. That makes sense, considering the queues we see every day at the stations.

Also, take a look at the reasons why some people think you should be supporting the strike, even if it does inconvenience you a bit. Let’s face it, a bit of walking never hurt no one.

Let us know your experiences of the strike in the comments below, or by tweeting us @FndUnderground.

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About Natasha Clark

Digital journalist for The Times - Red Box. natasha[dot]clark[at]thetimes[dot]co[dot]uk Previously @TwitterUK, @politicshome and @thesundaytimes. Previously freelance for the Guardian and the Independent. I also work for What's New in Publishing and co-editing Wannabe Hacks. Previously I was Editor @ The Boar, the University of Warwick students' newspaper. I am a graduate of History and Politics from Warwick, and of Newspaper Journalism at City University. Ginger and proud.

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