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|Tube Caught in Strike Cross-Fire
- Stations and lines closed as FBU go on 48-hour stoppage
LONDON'S Underground system became one of the first victims of the firefighters' strike today as stations closed and trains were cancelled due to the safety concerns of Tube staff.
The Waterloo and City line was completely shut down, while the Piccadilly and Northern lines operated severely limited services when staff refused to work, arguing that lack of professional firefighter cover was a safety threat.
The Underground system is likely to remain affected until the firefighters return to work tomorrow evening. The strike itself was solidly supported by members of the Fire Brigades Union, with pickets out in force on all of London's major fire stations.
The government has arranged for army and navy personnel to act as a substitute fire brigade, though it has come under criticism for relying on 50 year-old equipment. Calls have been made for troops to sue regular fire engines, but ministers have held back from such an approach, perhaps fearing the increased trouble it would bring from already angry FBU members.