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06 February 2014

London Tube Strike

Beginning last week, we started seeing these signs around the tube stations
So, we knew it was coming, but we weren't sure how badly it might impact us.  The girls and I don't generally take the tube during the week. We use the car to get around, but there would be the concern of the roads being clogged with all of the people who would normally be on the tube!  However, Chris does use the tube to get to and from work each day.

We checked the latest reports before bed last night, and it wasn't looking like it would be easy for Chris to get to work, as our closest tube stop wouldn't be open.
His plan was to take the train to Victoria station and the tube from there (on a line that would be operating, although with delays).

The girls and I go into the tube tunnels (they call the tunnels under the streets the subway, the subway as we know it in the US is the underground or tube) to cross beneath the busy street to get to our parking garage.  It was eerily empty.

 Look at the queue (line) for the busses!

The drive to school, which is South of our location in the city, was a breeze. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary, as all the traffic was going the other way.  Naturally, when I left the girls at school and headed back to our apartment, I was going the same way as everyone else. Bummer.  What is normally a 30-45 minute drive became and hour and 15 minutes. Which made my roundtrip two hours. Ugh!

Chris, on the other hand, wasn't able to get the tube at all. So, he took the train to Waterloo station and then took a ferry from there.  His normal 30 minute commute turned in to an hour and 15 minutes.

And, we get to have all of this fun again tomorrow. And, they are talking about repeating it next week as well. Yay!

(Day 2 is now in progress and it took me 2 hours and 15 minutes round trip for the school run. Ugh!)

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