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Beat the strike

BBC London 94.9's travel team has written this handy guide to alternatives for getting around town during the 48-hour tube strike currently on until 7pm 11 June.

Here is advice on alternative travel methods plus access live travel feeds from Transport for London.

Here are a few alternatives you might consider.


Oyster Pay As You Go will be accepted on all National Rail journeys within Greater London on Wednesday and Thursday, just show your Oyster card at station gate lines.

Mainline train services across London will be running a normal service. Check the journey planner on the National Rail Enquiries website for another way to work.


TfL will be boost its normal bus service with around 100 extra buses during the strike.


A pleasant alternative to the tube, and ticket prices are reduced if you have an oyster card. The existing service will be boosted from a capacity of 1,500 to 8,000 an hour and including an additional free shuttle service from London Bridge to Tower Bridge.

  • Greenwich - Canary Wharf - Central London: normal Clippers service with enhancements
  • Putney - Central London: normal Thames Executive Charter (TEC) service with four boats instead of two
  • London Eye – Westminster – Tower Bridge: free peak shuttle every 10 minutes between 0700-1000 and 1500-2000 on both main strike days


The Docklands Light Railway and London Overground will be running a normal service during the strike, and will be the alternative for getting around East London.


TfL has a walking journey planner if you want to use the strike for stretching your legs!

Staff will be on hand at major rail stations, bus stations and key tube stations to offer advice and will be handing out local area maps.


The congestion charge is NOT being suspended during the strike, so if you travel into the congestion zone you will still have to pay. TfL says that where possible major road works will be suspended.


During the morning rush hour between 0800-1030, taxi drivers will be operating a marshalled, fixed-fare shared taxi service for central London destinations at six major London rail stations - Waterloo, Liverpool St, London Bridge, Marylebone, Paddington and Euston.


There will be escorted morning commuter cycle rides, temporary parking facilities and thousands of cycle maps will be distributed across London.

The London Cycle Campaign will be leading five escorted rides into Central London with TfL volunteers at start points to provide maps, refreshments and guidance. All rides will start at 7.45am along the following routes:

  • Finsbury Park main gate – Arsenal – Liverpool Road (Islington) – Angel – Moorgate - Mansion House – London Bridge – City Hall
  • Mile End Green Bridge – Stepney Green – Cable Street - Tower Hill – Bank
  • Ravenscourt Park – Hammersmith – High Street Kensington - Hyde Park – Charing Cross - Trafalgar Square
  • Brixton Road (KFC) – Oval – Elephant and Castle – Blackfriars
  • Swiss Cottage - Hampstead – Belsize Park – Chalk Farm – Mornington Crescent – Euston – Gower Street – Tavistock Place – Gray’s Inn Road – Clerkenwell – Farringdon - Moorgate

There will also be extra cycle parking facilities at

  • Trafalgar Square: 150 spaces (0600-2100 on Weds and Thurs)
  • Potters Field, accessed via Weavers Lane: 100 spaces (open access from Tuesday evening, with racks removed at 2100 on Thurs)
  • Waterloo Bus Garage, accessed only via Cornwall Road off The Cut, approach via Sandell Street: 150 spaces (0800-1730 on Weds and Thurs – closing strictly at 1730)
  • London Bridge Cycle Park: 350 spaces (0730-2130 on Tues, Weds and Thurs)
  • The Mall, between Marlborough Road and George IV statue/ Queen Mother memorial – 250 spaces (open access from Tuesday evening, with racks removed at 2100 on Thurs)

Tune to BBC London 94.9 for updates before and during the strike. You can also follow our Twitter feed at

last updated: 11/06/2009 at 11:11
created: 29/05/2009

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