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London Tube Strike: Delays, Disruption, Drudgery Hit Underground Commuters

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Members of the Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union (RMT) and The Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) unions employed by London Underground begin a 48 hour strike because of almost 1000 workers disemployment and closing the ticket office in London, England on February 5, 2014. (Tolga Akmen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

LONDON (AP) — London commuters are facing long delays and massive disruptions after subway workers walked off the job to protest upcoming job cuts.

Long lines began forming at bus stops before dawn on Wednesday as travelers sought alternative means of transport. Roads also were more congested than usual.

Unions serving the London Underground, known as the Tube, began their 48-hour protest late Tuesday, tossing the morning commute into disarray.

Poor weather was also predicted for later Wednesday, risking flooding, landslides and falling trees on rail lines.

London's mayor Boris Johnson urged unions to return to talks, while union leaders accused the mayor of refusing to meet them to discuss their grievances.

Another strike is planned for next week.

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