Tube strikes seem to be happening like London buses at the moment, there are none for a while then three lots come along at once. This in turn makes an already busy commute, cramped, three times slower, hotter & in some cases non-existent.
As much as I would love to tell you I’ve found the quick fix that will get you in normal time with no delays, no crowds and easy peasy; Alas I cannot but read on to make it that tad bit easier…
The App to save you time
Well annoyingly for me I live in the middle of nowhere, so if a tube strike hits I’m gunna be pretty much marooned, unless I want to spend 3 hours trying to get into central London.
But I like to think I’m a kind person, so when I stumbled across citymapper, a handy route planning app, I thought it would be useful for those who live inside zone 4 for getting about the capital.
From previous strikes Citymapper have even compiled a few tips to get you through your stress inducing journey, a little less stressed.
One way is the app will tell you the times the buses are due to arrive, if there is a cluster close together hop on the last one to get a bit more breathing space. Logical right, but none the less helpful. After all, as Londoners we seem to throw logic out of the window when boarding public transport.
The app does all the hard work for you with live updates on all the lines & updates your normal route taking into account sections affected by the strike, locating your nearest London bike stop & creating a mixed routes in their ‘multimodal’ setting to get you to your destination in the quickest time.
You may even be surprised on the rare occasion that your line is still running and be the lucky so-and-so with an empty tube all to yourself (but do check that it is running to take you home again).
However if that doesn’t happen, you may want to read on…
What to have on you
Now with all of these extra people EVERYWAHHH you’d best carry some water. It may take a lot longer to get in and be quite hot & cramped, mix in dehydration and you have the perfect recipe for fainting & ain’t nobody got time for that.
When it comes to clothes layers are key, you want to be able to strip off (the layers, not all of it) at a moments notice when you’re all squished up against the crowds and slowly overheating.
Remember, if you’re catching a bus they do not accept change anymore, so make sure your oyster is topped up/have your contactless debit card to hand.