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Old June 10 2009, 06:52 AM   #1
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As most of TrekBBS' Londoners know, the 'blessed' RMT Union has gone on a 48-hour strike from 7pm yesterday evening.

This means that the London Underground is mostly closed. At time of writing, only the Northern Line is operating a normal service, and small parts of the Jubilee, District, Metropolitan, Piccadilly and Victoria lines are running, but overall if you want to use the Tube today, forget it.

So, how are TrekBBS' Londoners getting around today ?

I went to my usual Tube station on the off chance there might be some sort of service, but it was closed. Got a bus to my local mainline station. When I got there, the displays were saying it would be 25 minutes before the next train going in to London arrived. Thankfully, the platform announcer said that was wrong and true enough, a train arrived a couple of minutes later. Even better, it was one that skips out a lot of the smaller stops in between.

Made it in to Liverpool Street at 5:47 and walked towards my office near Southwark station. That took me about 45 minutes. It shouldn't have done but I got turned around a few times. A bit of GPS on my phone helped. I know my way now so getting back there tonight should be a bit easier.
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Old June 10 2009, 10:08 AM   #2
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I'm glad I don't work in central anymore...
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Old June 10 2009, 11:49 AM   #3
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How often does this happen? It seems, that every time you turn around, they go on strike. That has got to be a PIA
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Old June 10 2009, 11:55 AM   #4
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How often does this happen? It seems, that every time you turn around, they go on strike. That has got to be a PIA
They've threatened to a lot, but there hasn't been an actual strike like this for a long time.
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Old June 10 2009, 12:44 PM   #5
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I'll be there in 2 weeks so I hope it's not a problem then.
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Old June 10 2009, 01:25 PM   #6
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I'm sure it'll be back to its usual half-arsed service by then.

For those non-Brits who haven't heard it, London Underground (NSFW if you don't have earphones)
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Old June 10 2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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I remember when both the suburban trains and the BVG (underground, tram and bus service) were on strike here in Berlin. A lot of people here don't even have cars. Thankfully, this lasted only for a few days, the period where one of the two was on strike was much longer, though (especially the suburban trains).
I ended up staying home from university when that happened. I got lucky because on the days I had to work, they weren't on strike.
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Old June 10 2009, 02:39 PM   #8
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I haven't used the underground today, thankfully. I did go out in the city though, and didn't notice anything different at all. The streets and were just as crowded as usual. Most people seem to have managed without too big a problem. I wonder if they waved the congestion charge? Since people with cars were forced to drive in...
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Old June 10 2009, 02:43 PM   #9
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Y'all can't complain until you have your entire transit system go on strike for 53 days during the middle of an Ottawa winter.
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Old June 10 2009, 02:44 PM   #10
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53 day payed holiday?
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Old June 10 2009, 02:47 PM   #11
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Y'all can't complain until you have your entire transit system go on strike for 53 days during the middle of an Ottawa winter.


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Old June 10 2009, 03:11 PM   #12
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53 day payed holiday?
Were that the case, I think more people would have enjoyed the strike.
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Old June 10 2009, 06:01 PM   #13
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I'm in London and I rarely use the underground.
I primarily stick to the buses that are cheaper to begin with.
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Old June 10 2009, 06:05 PM   #14
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Re: Tube Strike Stories

I was planning to jump on the Piccadilly Line tomorrow on my way to Heathrow to catch my flight to Reykjavik, but renounced it after what I've heard and read about today's situation.
Don't want to lose my holiday starting, so I booked a car for tomorrow's... hopefully the traffic won't kill me on my way there :P

Talk about timing...
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Old June 10 2009, 09:30 PM   #15
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No problems on the tube for me today - I don't use it to get to work (Blackfriars overground station is 10 minutes walk from my office).

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I'm glad I don't work in central anymore...
Cor blimey - it's a flower sighting!!!

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