Drivers on London Underground are to stage a series of strikes in a long-running row over the sacking of a colleague, threatening travel chaos for millions of Tube passengers, it was announced today.
At three minutes to seven on Friday evening a train leaves London's Euston Station in the direction of Manchester, virtually empty. As its few passengers glide serenely through nearby Watford Junction, the British Transport Police are scrambled to the platform from where it has just come, controlling the mad scrum of passengers fighting for a seat on the train that follows it only minutes later. The former is the last of the pricey "peak" trains, the latter the first off-peak service, and therefore considerably cheaper.
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The Leader of the RMT Union answers your questions, such as 'Don't you think that £40,000 a year is a lot for driving a Tube train?'