Labor strike cripples London Underground
Wednesday night, the London Underground went on strike, its workers walking off the job over concerns about new nightly services, Wired reports. Today? Unmitigated chaos. As evidenced by the TomTom traffic report shown below, traffic was a nightmare during the evening rush hour (that shot is from 5:40 p.m. local time, or 12:40 p.m. on America's east coast).
According to Wired, there were nearly 1,500 "congestion hotspots," after Travel For London, the government overseer for the city's public transit, increased the number of buses on the road to pick up the Tube's slack. That plan quite clearly backfired, though, as TomTom indicated some 833 miles of traffic jams, or tailbacks, as Wired described them. Gridlock then, was the order of the day for some 8.6 million Britons.
Check out the map from TomTom, below. And maybe don't whine when your next commute takes an extra five to ten minutes.
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