London's biggest tube strike in 13 years descended into chaos on Thursday morning, as commuters struggling to get into work faced severe delays and overcrowding on the few remaining public transport services running.
Ten's of thousands of people trying to get into the capital packed on to overground services, used Santander Cycles and walked to work in a bid to beat packed busses, some routes filling up even in the early hours of the morning.
Many took advantage of the good weather, taking to Twitter to post messages about enjoying a pleasant stroll into the office.
This #Tubestrike is ridiculous I'm being forced to walk through beautiful architecture in the sunshine.— David James Biden (@DavidJamesBiden) July 9, 2015
— Ruth McAvinia (@ruthie147) July 9, 2015
But those forced to use the slow-moving transport network sent pictures of what they experienced on their journey.
I was so smug about the #TubeStrike until my bus inexplicably terminated at Horse Guards Parade...— Caitlin Cooper (@coopercaitlin) July 9, 2015
Just watched a woman shove her way onto a train, forcing two other previous passengers to get off when the doors wouldn't close #tubestrikes— Jennie Cox (@littlejennie) July 9, 2015
A surprising number of people clearly have never caught a bus before #tubestrike— Robyn Vinter (@RobynVinter) July 9, 2015
This is the day Londoners hopefully discover they have legs. 🚶 #TubeStrike— Alice (@AliceDisco) July 9, 2015
People who normally get the tube don't know how to walk on the street #TubeStrike— Robert (@whitstabob) July 9, 2015
Lovely day for walking.... #tubestrikes— Wendy Hurrell (@WendyHurrell) July 9, 2015
Around 20,000 members of the RMT, Unite, TSSA and Aslef striking in a dispute over the new all-night service set to operate across London from September.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT), Aslef, Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite are unhappy over pay being offered for the new service, as well as rosters
Talks were held at the conciliation service Acas last week without any sign of progress and both sides met again on Monday, but a spokesman for Aslef said the strike would go ahead because unions have not been given enough time to study a new pay offer.
Services are expected to resume early on Friday morning, when the more than 20,000 striking tube drivers from four different unions will resume working.
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