Waterloo Station deserted as Rail Strikes begin

London commuters are facing a morning of misery on Tuesday as the biggest Tube and rail strike in 30 years goes ahead.Thousands of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail and 13 train operators have walked out in the biggest outbreak of industrial action on the railways for a generation. Just one in five trains are expected to be running, primarily on main lines and only for around 11 hours. It coincides with the fourth network-wide strike this year on the London Underground, which is expected to grind the capital to a halt.Just after 6am there was a good service on the Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee, Metropolitan and London tram lines. The Northern line, DLR and London Overground were part suspended, while the Victoria and Waterloo & City line were suspended.Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has blasted the rail strikes as “unnecessary” but said there was “nothing” the Government could do to “change the reality [of strikes] this week”.

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