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London braces for 24 hour Underground strike

The first London Underground strike shutdown since 2002 got underway on Wednesday, as drivers protested pay and plans for a new 24-hour service due to start in SeptemberBritain’s capital city braced for travel chaos on Wednesday with a planned London Underground strike expected to be the worst in years, after talks to avert the 24 hour walkout broke down. The walkout is set to cause chaos for millions of travellers and bring the world’s oldest subway system to a halt from 17:30 GMT Wednesday, with “no Tube service at all on Thursday”, according to Transport for London. Some of Britain’s busiest train routes will be simultaneously hit by a 48 hour strike over jobs and services on First Great Western trains, affecting routes between London and Wales.

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