London is getting ready to survive the biggest chaos in a long time, as basically all trains are expected to come to a standstill. Tonight at 6.30pm London Underground and First Great Western trains will begin their strike, halting all trains.
The strike, planned on lasting 24 hours, is the result of failed negotiations over a pay increase following the introduction of a 24-hour Night Tube, which is set to be launched later this year.
Despite engaging in active negotiations, representatives from four unions - RMT, ASLEF, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) and Unite - rejected London Underground’s offer of a two per cent rise and a £2,000 bonus for drivers working on the all-night service, Standard (opens in new tab)reports.
At the same time, First Great Western staff will also strike over plans to cut workers and buffet cars on the company’s new Hitachi Inter City Express trains.
Everything except the DLR and London Overground will be shut down – a total of 11 lines and 260 stations will be closed.
The strikes are expected to be the most chaotic for a decade, Standard says.
Here's what you can do to avoid the strikes:
- Transport for London will be updating the status of their lines (opens in new tab) on their website.
- You can also use their website to find the nearest docking station (opens in new tab) for your bike.
- Follow TFL (opens in new tab)and First Great Western (opens in new tab) on Twitter.
- Use TFL’s route planner (opens in new tab).
- Use apps like Citymapper (opens in new tab)to plan your route.
Or download an e-book, as all of this might take a while.