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5 Ways To Beat The London Tube Strike

BY Boon Koh
Published 6 September 2010

In just a little under 24 hours, the whole London Tube system will be grinding to a halt as Tube union workers walk off the job, protesting over the proposed redundancy of station staff.

We’re not going to go into detail about the reasons and motivations of the union and TFL, nor debate the legality or morality of the strike. But we are going to list 5 ways & tips in which you can make your journey across London much less painful than it should be.

1. Use TFL’s JourneyPlanner to plan your bus, ferry, and rail alternative journeys

While many of you have used the JourneyPlanner numerous times in the past, how many of you know of the advanced search features? There, you can specify the time and date of your journey, but also choose to not include tube routes, as well as specify how much time you would consider walking. The JourneyPlanner will also give you routes including ferry along the Thames river, and rail, which accepts Oyster cards up to zone 6.

2. Make use of the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme

What better way to beat a Tube strike than to make use of the new bicycle hire scheme in London? The only problem is, you won’t be able to hire any of the bikes, unless you’ve already registered and received your key fob. Pay as you go using credit cards is not accepted yet unfortunately. But if you already have your key fob, try planning out your entire day’s journey by using this bike docking station map.

3. Get lots of exercise and walk

Walking is the one thing that Londoners do alot, but you can really get to most places within the city with a 30 minute walk. The weather, however is not on our side though, as Monday is looking to be overcast with drizzle, and there is expected to be heavy rain showers on Tuesday.

4. Take cabs or taxis around the city

This option is open to you if you have a fat wallet or an expense account! Instead of sweating it out and pushing to get on the bus, why not enjoy your journey from A to B in comfort of a London black cab or one of the numerous cab companies around, such as Addison Lee or Green Tomato Cars. However, be warned that there will be a lot more traffic tomorrow as more people elect to drive into London, as well as many more buses. So your journey might take you longer than expected, and cost more too.

5. Work from Home

With alot of work nowadays done on a computer or via email or phone, do you really need to be in the office? Will anyone miss you if you’re away from your desk for a day? If you paused to think for a bit, then chances are that you probably can work from home and still get your work done. Plus, you’ll have saved all that time trying to get to work and back on a dysfunctional transport system. And escaped the bad weather that is coming on Monday and Tuesday. Bonus!

Do you have a way or tip for commuters trying to get to work? Leave us a message or comment below!

  • Marianna

    I have a minibus and there are a spare seven seats on it tomorrow morning if anyone would like a lift.I am coming from Chatham in Kent, along the M2 then all the way to Westminster along the A2. I can stop anywhere along the way that is safe to pick up/drop off passengers. contact me on my email address: marianna.volpi (at ) dwp.gsi (dot) gov (dot ) uk

  • Jo

    I like the way Marianna is thinking! Those of us who can’t walk / cycle / work from home need to get together and car-share. There’s a free website called tubestrike [dot com] which I’ve joined – anyone going my way??! If we share a car we’ll share costs and reduce the inevitable congestions we’re going to be seeing with this strike…

  • http://tstcars.co.uk/ TSTCars

    When a strike is on it is absolute chaos. It’s an ideal time to start car sharing or trying to lose that extra couple of pounds and buying a bike of your own and riding in to work. I think Boris has the right idea woth the cycle scheme I just don’t think it is cheap enough at the moment. £50 for a full day is a lot of money.