Getting around London has been a struggle for millions of commuters as striking Underground workers virtually crippled the tube network.
Unions claim every line has been either suspended or was running a skeleton service in the dispute over 800 job cuts.
As floods of people sought other means of getting about, buses quickly filled up even though managers had laid on extra services.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “I think when you look at the tough financial circumstances we are in, people will understand that it makes absolute sense to make some sensible reforms of the ticket offices and thereby to make some valuable savings.”
The Mayor’s fledgling bike hire scheme in London, which has only been running a little more than a month, has been stretched to the limit.
Thousands of extra river-boat journeys have been organised to ferry Londoners around.
Unions claimed support for the strike was ‘rock solid’, saying the 800 job-cuts were just the tip of the iceberg and claiming the safety of passengers is compromised at unstaffed stations.
More stoppages are to come.