The London Underground is an institution, and it's fair to say that each line has a distinct personality. Of course, there are certain lines on the London Underground whose reputations precede them. You know who you are. Do the Hammersmith, City and Circle Lines really hang out together? Do they like each other?
Police officers stand behind cordon tape near a property that was searched after an explosion on a London Underground train, in Sunbury-on-Thames, Britain, September 16, 2017. British authorities combed a London suburb on Saturday after the arrest of an 18-year-old man suspected of ties to a bombing on the city's subway a day earlier. The homemade device shot flames inside a crowded subway car Friday morning at the city's Parsons Green station but only partially detonated, injuring 29 people and spurring a "critical" terrorism alert in Britain, warning that another attack was imminent. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The man, who was taken into custody early Saturday morning in the town of Dover about 70 miles outside London, has not been identified by the authorities.
Members of the RMT and Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) unions are taking industrial action in protest at plans to close ticket offices on the London Underground. The 24-hour strike will last from 18:00 GMT on Sunday and will continue until Monday evening. Tube bosses have warned commuters the majority of underground stations in Central London will be closed. Transport for London (TfL) says the majority of Zone 1 stations will be closed and other parts of the network will be severely affected too. Piccadilly line services are expected to run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but not to Terminals 4 or 5. National Rail services are not directly affected but there will be no Underground services from stations such as Victoria, King's Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge.
In this photo provided by Joe Bunting, commuters cover their mouths as smoke fills the carriage of a Bakerloo line train, near Oxford Circus in London, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. One of the busiest stations on London's subway system was evacuated Friday morning after a train carriage filled with smoke. London Fire Brigade said crews were investigating "smoke issuing at platform level" at Oxford Circus station.
Uber is sending a message to its passengers--use the app in times of emergency, regardless of the surge you see. The ride-hailing giant refunded the rides of all customers who used the service during the London terror attack on Saturday within the affected areas. That included tens of thousands of passengers, according to a statement from Uber. The company also said it eliminated surge pricing after finding out about the incident. "As soon as we heard about the incident we immediately suspended dynamic pricing all around the area of the attacks--and shortly afterwards across the whole of central London--just as we did following the attacks in Manchester and Westminster," reads the statement, attributed to Tom Elvidge, general manager of Uber in London.