A one-day strike by 29,000 train drivers in Britain on Wednesday(28 February), caused major traffic tie-ups in London as commuters took to the roads to get to work.
A one-day strike by 29,000 train drivers in Britain on Wednesday(28 February), caused major traffic tie-ups in London as commuters took to the roads to get to work. The strike came as leaders of the train drivers' union refused the latest pay offer from British Rail.
Even within London, rail service on the Underground was seriously affected. About forty per cent of all Underground trains were cancelled and others hopelessly over-crowded because some drivers belonged to the striking union.
Police and the automobile clubs agreed that the extra cars in London had caused the worst traffic congestion in the city's history. But, extra cars did not bring extra buyers to the department stores in London. It's estimated that almost a third of all workers, not to mention people who come to London to shop, stayed at home.
Train service is expected to return to normal on Thursday (1 March) when the drivers return to their trains and their union leaders return to the bargaining table.
SYNOPSIS: Newspapers announced the one-day strike of train drivers on Wednesday. The walk-out by the twenty-nine-thousand train drivers brought a halt to train services throughout Britain. London was especially hard hit. Not only did four-hundred-and-fifty-thousand commuters have to find other ways to get to work, but shoppers, who usually crowd London's department stores, stayed away for fear of being delayed in the city.
Tons of goods and baggage remained on platforms and in sidings. They would remain unmoved for at least twenty-four hours.
The trains came to a halt when the train drivers union turned down the latest pay offer from british Rail - which operates most of the country's passenger train services.
With no train service, cars choked the roads leading into London. The police called it the worst traffic tie-up in the history of the city. And as the cars poured into the city, extra police tried to keep them moving.
Parking regulations in London were suspended for the day, and extra parking areas were made out of vacant lots. To add to this confusion, the Underground train service within London was crippled as some of their drivers joined the strikers in staying off the job.