With all the travel chaos expected during the Olympic Games this summer the last thing we need are London transport workers striking but according to reports London bus drivers could well be doing just that.
21 different bus companies that operate throughout London are due to vote whether they will go on strike during the Olympics next week and if they decide to go ahead it could mean utter misery for Londoners and those who are visiting the capital.
With TfL warning that commuters should try and avoid the tubes during the games our transport options are already limited. You either walk, which we decided earlier wasn’t exactly viable, or you catch the bus which if the strikes go ahead could be impossible too.
The workers are considering strike action because TfL have refused to pay them £500 extra for working during such a busy period and with 800,000 extra passengers expected on the buses alone it would make travel during the Olympics borderline impossible.
So if the buses aren’t running and the tubes are to be more hellish than usual what other travel options do Londoners have during the Olympics?
Firstly you could consider getting to work super early and leaving super late thus avoiding the majority of the busy period on the tubes.
Secondly you could drive however traffic is set to be hellish and who actually wants to pay the congestion charge?
Thirdly you could cycle which is a viable option if you live within cycling distance of work especially with the number of Boris Bikes expected to rise within the capital over the summer.
Fourthly you could invest in free running classes and make your way to work by jumping over walls and other such obstacles just like Chase Armitage did yesterday.
Whatever you decide don’t forget that TfL have launched their Get Ahead of the Games website so that you can check what stations to avoid at what times and on what days. Check it out and begin planning here.
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