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London Tube strike affects millions

Millions of commuters in London faced delays and disruption yesterday after Tube staff went on strike over plans to close ticket offices on the subway train system.

The 48-hour walkout on the network led to three of the 11 lines being shut and others operating a reduced service. Many stations were closed, AFP reported.

The transport misery, set to last until the end of the strike today, was compounded by delays on overland train services caused by rain and high winds.

The strike action, and another 48-hour strike planned next week, is being taken by the unions in protest against the closure of all London Underground's 278 ticket offices, with the loss of more than 950 jobs.