London Tube strike: Vintage Routemaster buses drafted in to 'save' commuters

For many, the chance to ride on one of the red antique buses brightened up an otherwise difficult journey.

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Londoners are being 'saved' from the horror of the 24-hour tube strike that is causing travel chaos for millions of commuters - by vintage Routemasters.

The historic double-decker buses have been drafted in to help carry thousands of extra bus passengers across the capital today.

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TfL put on extra buses to cope with demand during the suspension of Underground services, and the old Routemasters were wheeled out to ferry passengers across London.

For many, the chance to ride on one of the red antique buses brightened up an otherwise difficult journey.

Paul Sylvester tweeted: "Good to see the old routemaster back in service getting me to work on Tubestrike Monday."

Kate Whiting, who shared a picture of a dark red Routemaster in Victoria, said: "My knight in shining armour at the bus station in Victoria."

A spokesman for TfL told Mirror.co.uk : "There are 150 extra busses on 40 existing routes to help people get around today.

"Of those, 35 are historic busses which are primarily Routemasters and RTs, which was the precursor to the Routemaster.

"They aren't owned by TfL but are brought in from private companies. We have 13 private bus operators that supply us and we are encouraging them to get as many vehicles on the road as they can.

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"Tfl has 10 or 12 Routemasters but they operate on heritage routes in central locations."

London has been brought to a standstill after a walk-out by Underground workers amid a dispute over ticket office closures.

Pictures show mammoth queues at bus stops and station entrances first thing this morning after the walk-out crippled the entire city's transport system.

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Transport for London (TfL) advised passengers that there will be a severely reduced service across the Tube network all day on Monday because of the strike.

TfL said it will try to run as many services as possible but passengers have been told that most Zone 1 stations are likely to be closed throughout the action.

TFL has advised commuters to check its website for updates.