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Index – Outside – Traffic has come to a halt on all London Underground lines

Index – Outside – Traffic has come to a halt on all London Underground lines

According to information from Transport for London, TfL, traffic has been suspended on all 11 main lines of the 402-kilometre London Underground network, and all 270 stations have been closed due to the almost complete stoppage of operations from by subway drivers.

The two main transport unions, RMT and Aslef, are protesting hundreds of millions of pounds in savings demanded by the British government in the TfL budget, which they say will lead to mass layoffs and negatively affect workers’ pensions.

It affects four million people

Based on average daily commuters, the strike affects more than four million Londoners and commuters who work in London. 350,000 people travel to the financial center of the City of London alone every day by public transport, the vast majority by tube.

Teachers, public administration officials and resident doctors also began a strike in England on Wednesday, demanding wage increases in line with inflation. These weeks Britain is witnessing a wave of strikes unprecedented in decades, because the cost of living has risen at a rate not seen in forty years.

According to UK Statistics Office (ONS) data, the 12-month inflation rate in Great Britain was 11.1% in October, 10.7% in November, 10.5% in December and 10.1% in January.

Railway workers, teachers, hospital nurses, ambulance workers, bus drivers and border police have also been on strike in recent weeks, and unions have announced other similar measures if wage demands are not met. Then, on Thursday and Saturday, rail workers will again take 24 hours off work, MTI said.