Well, here we are again then. I'll be driving in to work today after doing the school run and therefore probably spending at least 1.5 hours each way sat in traffic. But at least I have that option and won't be struggling to squeeze on to buses or the remaining trains. Here's some tried and tested pointers for getting to and from the Bush this morning:
- If you can, use the Overground - it doesnt get affected by the strike and will get you from the Bush either to Clapham Junction in the south or all the way over to Stratford in the east in an arc across North London. From stations like Highbury & Islington you can get trains in to the City (to Old Street)
- If you have to use the bus try and use them from the start, near their bays in Westfield if they go from there. Trying to get them on the Green is pointless and people get aggressive in the queues.
- The central line itself is usually running an OK service but only after about 10am based on the last 3 strike days. I've no idea why, but assume its something to do with what union the drivers are members of. Equally the Northern Line has also run but with some stations closed. So if you can leave later you might want to try that. But go to the Bush instead of the outlying stations like East Acton or White City - which may be shut altogether
- Don't bother even trying the H&C line - both the station and the line will be shut, the drivers on this line are among the most militant of the lot
In it he attacks Ken Livingstone, of whom I am no fan, for having presided over two strikes per year. This year alone has seen double that and Boris has yet to meet the Unions at all. You may wish to bear that in mind as we near the Mayoral elections.
1330 UPDATE: BBC London News have just had Boris for an interview during which the above leaflet was produced and he was asked about how much progress he'd made. He avoided answering at least three times and in the end said that he wanted Stephen Hammond the Transport Secretary to intervene and ensure that ballots for strike action have a higher threshold before strikes can take place. He also confirmed that he hadn't met anyone from the Unions himself since taking power three years ago. So no progress at all then.