Ken Livingstone’s Transport for London seems to be notably phlegmatic this morning in the face of the substantial collapse of its Tube network last night. It seems that the combination of 2,300 RMT workers at Metronet, a desire by TfL to get all their trains back to depots and a hyper-sensitive safety culture have contrived to take out most of the Tube network from 5pm yesterday afternoon. TfL seem to be resigned on our behalf for this disruption to continue until the end of Thursday – they see no prospect of service on Thursday evening although the strike is meant to be over at 6pm. Not so much the city that never sleeps as the city that goes to bed early with a nice cup of cocoa.
TfL talk about the Piccadilly line being part suspended but anyone west of Hyde Park Corner has no service so Northfield people are screwed like everyone else.
In one of their press releases TfL say: “Transport for London also advised that walking should be considered as an alternative for short journeys.” Great health advice but not much use to millions of Londoners with no alternative to the Tube this morning.
Ultimately the person we should blame is Mayor and Chairman of the TfL board, Ken Livingstone.
In the meantime if you want to throw rocks at Bob Crow, General Secretary of the RMT, go to the Department of Transport at 11.30am this morning. Crow will be leading a lobby of RMT members calling for an end to the part-privatisation of the Tube and for Underground maintenance to be brought back in-house.
The lobby takes place at Great Minster House, 76 Marsham Street, London SW1 4DR, between 11:30 and 13:00.
At the very least lean out of your office window and shout abuse at these idiots. If you are a bit braver go and poke this man in the chest and tell him he is a freak.