Strike activity broke out across London today, delaying commuters and illustrating the dependence of the British capital and world financial center on its public transfer system. A union walkout shut down most of the underground, and hundreds of thousands of city residents had to find alternatives to the famous “Tube” (Reuters via Yahoo News). Extra buses have been deployed to replace some of the lost rail capacity, but they are providing only modest relief for the many commuters whose daily routine has turned into an uncertain, frustrating nightmare. (See video below by Al Jazeera).
Strike activity is expected to spread beyond the underground services to commuter rail and even British Airways. Travelers to the UK should plan carefully and keep up-to-date about the latest developments.