From Sunday 8 to Monday 9 January, 2017, station staff working for transport firm TfL in London went on strike, causing major disruption to commuters. I managed to beat the worse of the strike by getting up extra early at 4.30 am, taking a 115 bus to Aldgate and then a Paddington-bound 205 from just outside Aldgate East tube station. I finally reached my office in Euston at around 7.45 am. Not bad. Thank goodness it’s only one day.
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Just had some good news this evening. The tube train strikes called by the unions for most of this week have been postponed, although new potential strike action has been called for early September. Nevertheless I am very relieved. Happy, happy, joy, joy!!
I managed to plan THREE alternative routes with the help of the TfL Journey Planner to get into work, but for now I can breathe easy, unlike the poor commuters in the District Line train above.
Credits: Giphy via Flexiworkforce
Today is the second all-line Tube strike by the London Underground unions in the past two months. It was enacted due to pay and work hours disputes between the unions and TfL over London Mayor Boris Johnson’s much vaunted plan to make the Tube a 24-hour operation this September.
This punny GIF is dedicated to both the striking staff of LU and the commuters who are walking, cabbing, taking the bus, the river boat, or the penny-farthing to work/college today.
Not me though. I chickened out and booked a day off. Packed buses at Liverpool Street station…naah, I don’t think so.