London: Tube strike and The Ashes 2015

Living in London is great when all means of transport are running.

So now, 8th July 2015 a Tube strike is on the map and it is going to disrupt workers, tourists, cricket fans going to The Ashes in Cardiff.

You may ask what is the link between The Ashes and London Underground!?

There is not just one strike action. It is indeed, a double movement including FGW trains and London Tube.

It is all starting at 6.30pm this evening.

Trains will be on standstill for 48 hours and London Underground for 24 hours.

The most affected are the passengers travelling between Wales, the West Country and London, of course.

There is one alternative route to reach the destination: National Express who will have extra buses and seats to help everyone going from A to B.

When it is all happening at once it can be rather frustrating but the only way to go through it is with the smile. Stressing and being angry about it won’t help. It is about stepping back and just accepting what RMT Union is protesting about doing.

In the News, the main advice is to postpone your day of travel. How can this be rational when your FGW train or Tube might just be a connection for another journey?

We mustn’t forget that it is also peak time for the Summer holidays. People have worked and saved for months and when it is departure time, there is even more tension. As if this was needed. Maybe not the right time to go to a family holiday park in sunny Devon. Or just decide to go away on a later date outside strike actions, as long as we know the potential dates well ahead!

Those workers who are not happy about their working conditions know exactly what they are doing! It is about having the maximum impact and being heard by as many people as possible. However, is this the best they can do? Will they obtain what they are after?

What is sure is that Boris Johnson has made clear that he is rejecting the attitude of Tube drivers (read The Independent full article HERE).

It is as well the moment where tennis fans want to make their way to Wimbledon!

What to think of all this?

Maybe make everything easier for yourselves. Either work from home (if you can or if your employer gives you this possibility) or decide to walk through London (weather forecast is looking pretty good). An opportunity to spread the word through twitter #WalkLondon.

Click on map for larger version

London Tube map - walk London - by AryJoe creatives

London Tube map – walk London – by AryJoe creatives


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