COMMUNTERS are facing disruption as London Underground staff go on strike.

Tube stations across London are closed today because of a strike over a dispute with jobs and pensions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime, and Transport union (RMT) are taking action which is causing travel chaos for those returning to work after the Bank Holiday break.

The strikes are set to affect hundreds of Essex commuters making their way into London with the Bakerloo, Circle, Victoria, and Waterloo and City lines all closed.

The TFL’s chief operating officer has urged people to only travel if necessary.

Andy Lord, TfL’s chief operating officer, said: “I’d like to apologise to London for the impact this strike will have on journeys.

“We know it’s going to be damaging to London and the economy, at a time when public transport is playing a crucial role in the capital’s recovery.

“While our focus is always on helping everyone travel around London whenever they want, the expected impact of the RMT’s action means we have to advise people to only travel, if necessary, as many stations may be closed.

“Alternatives to the Tube, including the bus and rail networks, are likely to be much busier than usual and we expect the severe disruption caused by this strike to continue into the morning of Tuesday June 7.

“No changes have been proposed to pension, and nobody has or will lose their job as a result of the proposals we have set out.

“Working with us to find a resolution is the best course of action, avoiding the disruption this strike will cause to Londoners and the economy.”