What the papers say: Tube strike fails to curb party spirits

Despite hailing New Year’s Eve’s Tube strike ‘a success’ (bbc.co.uk, 1 January), the RMT union must have been disappointed by its limited impact on the celebrations.

Rather than the predicted turmoil – 'London Tube strike deadlock leaves revellers facing chaos' (Edinburgh Evening News, 31 December) – Ken Livingstone called the industrial action a 'non event' (Scotsman, 1 January). London Underground bosses praised staff for their commitment 'by providing a good service' (bbc.co.uk, 1 January), while Livingstone said 'Tube staff did not agree that it made sense to punish Londoners on New Year's Eve' (Daily Telegraph, 2 January).

Little could dampen Londoners' spirits, with crowds of 200,000 celebrating in the capital. 'Londoners defy Tube strike to hail new year' (Reuters, 1 January). The Sunday Times said RMT boss Bob Crow, 'suffered no  inconvenience: he was sunning himself in the Red Sea' (Sunday Times, 1 January).

However, the appreciation that customers may have felt on Saturday night is likely to be short-lived as the impact of fare increases hits home. 'Eye-watering rail fare rises greet returning commuters' (Daily Telegraph, 3 January).

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.

www.echoresearch.com www.newsnow.co.uk

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