Tube strike: The five essential apps you'll need to get you through the day

Almost 20,000 tube workers will walk out from 6.30pm, so here are the apps you’ll need to get across London

A London Underground sign. Services will start running down later today because of a 24 hour strike by thousands of workers over pay and new all night Tubes.
A London Underground sign. Services will start running down later today because of a 24 hour strike by thousands of workers over pay and new all night Tubes.

The biggest London Underground strike in more than a decade will start today, after last-minute talks between tube bosses and unions ended in acrimony.

Almost 20,000 tube workers will walk out from 6.30pm, crippling tube services until Friday morning and causing severe delays across the capital.

With this in mind, here are the five apps you could need to get across London during the strikes:

Citimapper

This gem of an app uses live data from TfL and other transport services to find the quickest route to a destination from your location. It also encompasses live travel updates, meaning you can plan alternative routes round the strike.

Google Maps

Pretty much the same as Citimapper, but using Google’s platform – meaning you can see a little more map detail, but it’s a little less transport focussed.

Transit

A journey planner with quick access to route info, which also directly links to Uber. This app also has bike station locations, meaning you can get to a public bike hire as soon as possible.

Twitter

Simply put, Twitter is the place to get the latest on the strikes, if not our liveblog.

For the best accounts to follow, see our quick guide.

Cabwise or Uber

Depending on your politics and budget, a cab app could be useful during the strike. Cabwise is the TfL endorsed app to find and book licensed cabbies in the capital, Uber is the app that they hate, with prices that normally undercut.

However, Uber prices could see a rise during the strike.

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