Number of bikes hired increases by almost a quarter

As the second recent 24hr tube strike draws to a close, Transport for London has  reported a 23% increase in the use of Barclays Cycle Hire scheme bikes compared to a typical day.

The total number of bikes hired up to 3pm was 11,822, a healthy increase on the 9617 figure for an average day.

The RMT - the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers - and TSSA - Transport Salaried Staffs' Association - are striking until 18.28hrs today over what they say are plans to axe 800 jobs and other cuts which will compromise safety on London Underground.

A spokesman for Transport for London said: “More and more Tube services are now running as the 'paralysis' predicted by the leaderships of the RMT and TSSA unions has once again failed to materialise.

“Trains are now running on 10 of the 11 lines, with the Central line operating between White City and Leytonstone, and the Waterloo & City line now running.”

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