With members of Aslef Union planning a 24-hour London tube strike, coinciding with rail strikes on Thursday October 5th, commuters will be looking for alternate routes to get to and from work. While many will opt for road travel, traffic is expected to come to a "standstill" during peak times according to Waze, the crowd-sourced sat nav app, which analysed road data from the last major strike (January 8th/9th).
Finlay Clark, UK Head of Waze, provides insight on how the city was impacted:
“With 800,000 Londoners using Waze each month, we’re able to analyse data from the last tube strike to show just how destructive the situation will be at both rush-hour periods on the day.
"On the 9th January, our headlines at the peak-time (8.05am) showed that 24% of traffic was bumper to bumper as a result of the strike – effectively standstill. For comparison, at this time on a normal day it’s usually around 12%. There was also 34% heavy traffic, so nearly 60% of total traffic at crawling or worse. Trips took on average 1hr 12 mins longer than usual to get from Uxbridge to East Acton when approaching city from the West.
"During the evening rush hour period, follow-up stats at 5.30pm showed 25% of London was bumper to bumper (standstill) and 35% of the capital was stuck in heavy traffic (under 5 mph).
"If you have to drive during the upcoming strike, Waze can re-route you around traffic by tracking other road users' trips. We advise all commuters to plan their route in advance; our live updates give the most accurate ETAs – so drivers can schedule the least congested route before setting off to see exactly how long the journey will take."
Join this community of drivers today by downloading the free Waze app for iOs or Android at www.waze.com/get.