Well 2017 was good while it lasted: the London Underground is set to stage a 24-hour walkout from Sunday 08 at 6pm (until Monday 09 6pm) affecting most Zone 1 stations and resulting in a “severely reduced service”.
Because you know what we haven’t had in a while? A transport strike.
If the strike goes ahead (which is likely, but there is a small chance it won’t), there will be no services on the Victoria and Waterloo and City lines. Meanwhile, the massive interchange stations like Victoria, King’s Cross, Waterloo, Paddington, Euston, Bank and London Bridge won’t have underground services. City A.M has this handy guide on how to get to Bank when the Waterloo and City line is down, though it will still be torturous given that all tube lines will be severely affected and there will be limited services in outer London.
The Piccadilly line will still run between Hammersmith and Heathrow Terminals 1, 2 and 3, but worth knowing it will not run to Terminal 4 or 5 if you were planning on escaping.
National Rail services and the DLR will still be running.
Despite the TFL announcing that they will increase the number of buses on the road with an extra 100, you can still expect them to be hell vehicles and to start your morning with assault by bus door.
In the continuing dispute over job losses, pay and ticket office closures, no progress has been made between the unions Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association and the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Worker and the London Underground bosses.
Talks will be resuming today but RMT leader says he is expecting the “LU to come back with a radically improved package that fully covers the issues of jobs and safety at the heart of this dispute.”
If they don’t, the strike will go ahead.
Steve Griffiths, London Underground's chief operating officer, said: "We have always committed to reviewing our new staffing model with our trade unions during its first year, and following the review by London TravelWatch we established a joint working group to undertake that review and make any changes necessary.
"It is clear that some more staff for stations are needed. We have started to recruit them and will continue to work with the unions to implement the recommendations made in the review.
"We believe that this will help us to provide a better service for our customers and ensure that they continue to feel safe, secure and able to access the right help while using our network.
"We encourage the trade unions to continue working with us in order to resolve this dispute and deliver the customer service our customers expect."
In the meantime, brace for impact.