How To Get Round London During The Tube Strike
6 August 2015, 16:43
The Tube Strike will last all day Thursday - here's our guide on how to beat it and get around London.
Following on from last month's 24-hour Tube strike that brought chaos to the streets of London, the four unions walked out yesterday evening in a row over pay and conditions.
London Underground has apologised for the impact the action will have on commuters and other travellers.
Aslef, Unite, RMT and TSSA members downed tools on Wednesday evening, with the first walk-outs starting at 6.30pm. Aslef, the largest union, began its 24-hour stoppage at 9.30pm.
Since no new shifts start while the strike is ongoing, there will be no Tube all day Thursday before services run again on Friday.
250 extra vehicles will be put on the road, an increase of 25% on the numbers for July's strike. Extra staff will be put in place at bus stops too, to give commuters advice on the best rout.
Remember: buses no longer accept cash, so you will need your Oyster or contactless bank card to travel.
The lack of Tube service will likely lead to an increase in demand for national rail services, so passengers should expect trains to be busier than usual.
On Thursday, there will be no service on the Chiltern Railways line via Amersham before 7am. Earlier trains will run from Aylesbury via the High Wycombe line. From 7am, services from Aylesbury will run non-stop from Great Missenden. The first train to call at all London Underground stations will be the 9.35am from Aylesbury and the 9.42am from London Marylebone.
A normal service will run for the rest of Thursday.
The Canary Wharf to Central London and Central London to Putney routes will see additional boats laid on. The river proved a popular choice during last month's action (above).
The Congestion Charge will stay in place during the strike and road works will be suspended where possible in order to keep traffic flowing as freely as possible.
Additional Santander bike hubs will be in place at Abbey Orchard Street, Soho Square, Houghton Street, Finsbury Square, Waterloo Place, Chapel Place and Concert Hall Approach. Waterloo, Stonecutter Street, Newgate Street and Belgrove Street will all see more bikes in place than normal.