Tube strike to cause misery

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Commuters face another dose of misery today because of the latest strike by London Underground drivers, with the prospect of industrial action on the railways to add to the travel chaos. The capital's tube network is expected to be at a virtual standstill for the third time in the past fortnight because of a joint walk-out by members of Aslef and the Rail Maritime and Transport union in a bitter dispute over working hours. More Tube strikes are planned throughout August and into September.

In an attempt to mitigate the misery, a car-sharing hotline (telephone 0191 222 0090) has been set up by the RAC and Freewheelers to try to cut down on the number of vehicles travelling into London on Tube-strike days.

David Aaronovitch interviews Lew Adams,

the general secretary of Aslef, page 14