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World : Triple Transit Strike Hits London

June 21, 1989|From Times wire services

LONDON — Britons walked, cycled, hitchhiked, shared cars or simply stayed home today as a one-day strike idled the national railroads and London's buses and subways.

It was believed to be the first triple-barreled transport action since the 1926 general strike, according to British Rail and London Underground.

Careful planning and bright skies made it less nightmarish than commuters expected, however.

London hotels were full of workers spending the night in the city to beat the strike. Many companies hired fleets of buses, and Thames River passenger ferries reported business was booming.

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