Tips on beating the Tube strike

By Rob Virtue on February 4, 2014 4:43 PM |


The 48-hour Tube strike is happening - ACAS talks have broken down and Mayor Boris Johnson and Bob Crow are only talking via the medium of radio.

So, from 9.30pm on Tuesday night, Jubilee line trains will only run every five minutes and the Central line is missing out almost all of east London.

So avoid the Tube. All is not lost, however. Here's some alternative ways of getting to and from the office over the next couple of days.

Hit the river

While Jubilee line trains are running between Waterloo and Canary Wharf, expect a huge wait to get on.

As an alternative, KPMG Thames Clippers is running a shuttle service between London Bridge Pier and Canary Wharf during the strikes.


Boats will leave every 10 to 20 minutes.

Get on your bike

If you haven't got your own then jump on a Boris Bike - you might have to be quick as they will be in demand.

The bikes are now a regular fixture in Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs.

Likewise, go for walk or a jog - better than being squashed in a Tube station or Tube train.

However, be prepared for rain. The forecast isn't good for the next few days.

Jump on the DLR

You'll be happy to hear both the DLR and London Overground services are not affected by strike action.


Serving most parts of east and south London it could be your savour. For example, you can now reach Clapham and Croydon from Canary Wharf while bypassing the Tube.

Reliability and punctuality rates are at an all-time high on the DLR, while the Overground has quickly become Londoners favourite form of train travel in the capital.

Of course, over the next few days regular DLR users will face the upset of Tubers stealing their seats. Remain calm.

Take a flight

The Emirates Air Line has had a bumpy ride since its arrival. However, if you're stuck around North Greenwich then get on and you'll end up at the DLR.


Handy if you're at The O2 over the next few days and don't fancy a walk through the Blackwall Tunnel (not advised).

Sleep in the Office

Sleep under your desk to guarantee you won't be late. (Disclaimer: Check with your health and safety department/HR department).


See more about the strike and how it affects east London here

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