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Not so smart: please don’t drive today, Tube users, says London Underground

Transport for London has delayed or reduced as many roadworks as possible on major London roads to help keep traffic flowing during the latest Tube strike – but would still rather Londoners didn’t drive in order to keep the buses moving.

Roadworks have been temporarily lifted or reduced “wherever possible”, said a statement, and other London boroughs have been asked to follow suit.

“Londoners and commuters are [still] encouraged to keep journeys by car to a minimum to enable public transport to move freely.”

That’s why the Congestion Charge will remain in place despite the service-wide Tube strike that will run until Friday morning (7 August).

Extra buses

Transport for London has put on 250 extra buses during the strike, and is posting ‘travel ambassadors’ at bus stations to help those unfamiliar with taking buses get on board.

There’s one thing bus newbies need to know before trying to board, though: London buses don’t accept cash.

Passengers pay via contactless payment card or Oyster card, something that Tube regulars will use anyway.

Those who don’t have either will have to buy a One Day Bus and Tram Pass from an Oyster Ticket Stop or Visitor information Centre.

These cost £5.

Cycling and walking

‘Boris bikes’ hubs will be restocked more frequently during the Tube strike and pop-up cycle hubs are also being set up outside mainline train stations and other key locations. Running between 07:00-11:00 and 1600-20:00, they’re located at:

If you’ve not used a Boris bike before, download the Santander Cycles App for Android or iOS before you set off.

This will locate your nearest docking station and, even more importantly, will send a ‘bike release’ code to your smartphone so you can quickly release a bike without bothering with the docking station terminal.

London Tube strike Twitter alerts

Transport for London says it will be tweeting live updates throughout the strike to help passengers using alternative means.

Feeds include:

@TfLTravelAlerts

@TfLTrafficNews

@TfLBusAlerts