London Tube strike: Residents jam pack the trains before service ends

Story highlights

  • A London native says such strikes are part of city life, adding that "it's bloody inconvenient"
  • The strike is due to continue all day Thursday
  • There will be extra buses and river boat services, but people are urged to travel outside peak hours

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London (CNN)London is now in the grips what may be its biggest strike on the London Underground network in over a decade, threatening chaos for commuters and visitors to England's capital.

Crowds swarmed in and around stations Wednesday afternoon and early evening, trying to get on trains before they stopped running around 6 p.m. (1 p.m. ET). The strike is scheduled to end Thursday night.
Some 4 million journeys are typically made on the Underground each day, so when the system is down, the city comes close to grinding to a halt.
    Without the trusty Tube, as the Underground system is widely known, commuters and tourists alike were forced to find their way to their destinations by bus, train, bicycle, taxi or on foot.
    A time lapse video posted to Instagram on Wednesday showed commuters climbing over the walls surrounding the steps of the Oxford Circus station to try to catch the last trains home.