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Delays, disruption and drudgery greet London commuters hit by transport strike

A passenger walks by a closed entrance to platforms at Oxford Circus underground station as underground train workers go on a 48-hour strike over planned closure of ticket offices and job cuts, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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A passenger walks by a closed entrance to platforms at Oxford Circus underground station as underground train workers go on a 48-hour strike over planned closure of ticket offices and job cuts, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

LONDON - London commuters are facing long delays and massive disruptions after subway workers walked off the job to protest upcoming job cuts.

Long lines began forming at bus stops before dawn on Wednesday as travellers sought alternative means of transport. Roads also were more congested than usual.

Unions serving the London Underground, known as the Tube, began their 48-hour protest late Tuesday, tossing the morning commute into disarray.

Poor weather was also predicted for later Wednesday, risking flooding, landslides and falling trees on rail lines.

London's mayor Boris Johnson urged unions to return to talks, while union leaders accused the mayor of refusing to meet them to discuss their grievances.

Another strike is planned for next week.

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