Well this won’t cure the January blues for London readers: from 9pm Wednesday 25 January, there is going to be (drumroll, please) another tube strike for 24 hours.
The lightning strike (which sounds much cooler than it is) only affects the Central and Waterloo and City lines. While you’re probably going to be fine getting home, there will be the expected chaos for the commute in the morning (Thursday 26).
Hundreds of thousands of journeys will be affected considering the Central line is used by up to 800,000 passengers a day and the one-stop Waterloo and City line between Waterloo main line station and Bank by upwards of 32,000.
The strike is happening to protest the “forced” transfer of eight tube strikers who work at the Hainault, Leytonstone and Loughton branches which are part of the staff pool for both lines.
The London Underground bosses say the move is being made to improve the overall service on the tube, though the decision hasn’t been met well by tube employees and unions.
All other lines will be running, but at maximum capacity as people try to find alternative routes. The London Overground warns of queues outside stations.
Tonight’s strike comes as Tube bosses try to prevent another strike on 6 February which would affect the entire system, impacting four million journeys.
Talks are to resume today between conciliation service Acas and the RMT and TSSA unions to avoid the next strike but we’ll keep you updated.