London subway drivers get extra Olympics pay

British transport authorities will give subway train drivers

extra cash for working erratic hours during the 2012 London


London Underground’s managing director Mike Brown said the 3,500

drivers will receive a one-time payment of 500 pounds ($790) for

agreeing to have their normal schedules disrupted during the games.

They will also receive overtime pay for the extra hours they


The famed London Underground plans to run extra trains during

the games and keep them running later than usual give Olympic

visitors time to see the events and travel around London. The games

take place July 27 to Aug. 12.

Most of London’s subway drivers are unionized. Brown said London

Underground and the unions both agreed to change the schedule.