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London's roads, buses and overland trains have been struggling to cope in the morning rush hour as staff of the London Underground went on strike.
Many of the major trunk roads into the capital were log-jammed and there were chaotic scenes at bus stops and overland train stations as passengers sought alternative ways to get to work on time.
Twitter users posted pictures of overcrowded train platforms and long queues outside the stations.
Taxi firm Uber reported demand was "off the charts" with fares almost trebling as a result.
Protest over Tube conditionsDrivers were protesting pay and plans for a new 24-hour service from the London Underground, also known as the Tube, due to start in September.
London Underground said it has hired an extra 137 night drivers, offered a fair pay deal and said most staff would be unaffected by the changes while no-one would have to work more hours.
"A night time Tube service is something Londoners and businesses have been requesting for many years," said Steve Griffiths, London Underground's chief operating officer, accusing the unions of failing to engage in negotiations.
But members of four rail unions representing staff from managers to drivers have joined the walkout, unhappy with the pay and terms offered by London Underground to implement the weekend service.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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