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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Dealing with the Tube Strike in 1962

Great video footage from Pathe about how Londoners dealt with an
unofficial London Underground Strike in 1962.

Tube Strike in 1962 - click to play film

Very similar footage as to what you'll see today - traffic jams, signs of closed Tube stations - although Boris Bikes were replaced with people on roller skates. Obviously no congestion charge existed then and people could "park almost anywhere". "Buses were packed but hopelessly inadequate. People were realising how much London depends on the Underground", said the voiceover. "Naturally 9 out of ten people were late for work with some arriving at lunchtime".

Tube Strike in 1962 - click to play film

There's some nice touches with a plucky gent leaving extra early work in his bowler hat and underwear. The film ends with motorists giving lifts to people "Some had quite a load" jokes the voiceover as a surprisingly large amount of people get out of small car, including "second class passengers" in the boot!

Hat tip to Ianvisits for finding this little gem.


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