But economists warned that Wednesday’s strike, combined with the first of two days of teachers’ strikes, would leave many workers stranded and cost the capital’s economy £170m.
Tottenham Court Road had an unusual scene stationthousands of rush-hour passengers were forced to line up in the train tunnels of the Elizabeth Line.
At London Bridge, crowds of people were walking across the bridge from the main line station to the city. The roads around Brixton and Elephant and Castle were packed with cars, buses and cyclists heading into town.
It was in contrast to the Christmas and New Year’s spectacle, when the national rail strike left central London like a ‘ghost town’.
Many Londoners said they were determined to get to work despite the complete shutdown of the subway following actions by Athlef and 12,000 RMT members.
Anton Costa, 28, an IT worker who picked up a Santander rental bike at Victoria station after finding the metro station closed, said: You can’t bring everything to a halt. It’s not good for the economy. ”
The action was the first subway strike of the year, protesting concerns over changes to staff pensions and working conditions.
The controversy is entering its second year following last year’s six RMT tube strikes. The union president warned that further strikes could occur, but no further dates have yet been announced.
Aslef’s London organizer Finn Brennan told Standard: It will take as long as possible to reach a wisely negotiated solution. ”
Transport for London claims that no proposals have been submitted to change the pensions of its employees. Mr Brennan said TfL was “dishonest”.
he said: It does not guarantee that someone will take it seriously. ”
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch also vowed to continue the strike “as long as necessary”.
A commuter said he was “disgusted” with the strike. Liz McGinty, 33, who works in retail, arrived in Victoria by train from Bromley, but she waited in a long queue for a bus to the West End.
she said: It’s budget day. Everyone is worried about the cost of living, making life increasingly difficult for the average worker. Not everyone can work from home, which is hurting the economy. ”
“London is becoming a very difficult place to work,” said Pavel Borovsky, 41, a builder.
Casey Marsh, 20, who works at the gym, said: My journey is usually an hour door-to-door at most. I can add at least 30 minutes today. ”
Simon French, managing director of Panmure Gordon, estimates the strike will cost the London economy £90m.
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-tube-strike-underground-capital-b1067414.html Londoners ignore subway strike to get to work, but strike requires £170m capital