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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Tube Strike - Thank God for the Northern Line

I cannot believe that I would be so pleased to get onto a Northern Line train. I smugly set off home yesterday evening thinking the strike wouldn't be too bad for me, as I'd be able to get the Piccadilly Line back most of the way. After all
Mr Tim O'Toole had told me & hundreds of thousands of other Londoners that the Piccadilly Line would be "expected to be running normally". Sadly he was wrong.

Piccadilly Line Industrial Action

Me and a number of other commuters stared at the notice at Leicester Square. Our strike free Piccadilly Line had suddenly found itself under RMT control - or rather the section between Hyde Park Corner & Acton Town and Acton Town & Uxbridge had. Why they couldn't just say Hyde Park Corner and Uxbridge is beyond me.

Fortunately the Northern Line was running like a dream. A pleasant dream and not the usual nightmare that one tends to naturally associate the Northern Line with. So I hopped on at Leceister Square and took a mayhem free journey to Waterloo to get a mainline train back.

Tube Mayhem in London Lite

On the Tube I read the rest of the article covering Ken's blast. Tube bosses are unable to estimate how many trains will be running for the rest of the strike. They "warned that stoppages would increase as the strike progressed" and "refused to rule out complete closure of the network". So don't be too smug like me and think you're alright Jack if you're travelling on Piccadilly, Central and Jubilee Lines.

As usual try to check the live inaction updates on the Tube's site before leaving.


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