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Tube Strike: Biggest Transport Shutdown In 13 Years Sees London Commuters Struggle Into Work

09/07/2015 08:08 BST | Updated 09/07/2015 12:59 BST

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.

But those forced to use the slow-moving transport network sent pictures of what they experienced on their journey.

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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