Wanstead ways to get round the Tube strike

It looks like the Tube strike is going ahead, so this is a place Wansteadium readers can share their travel experiences – either woes or ways round the strike.

Get in touch either by e-mail – wansteadium[at]gmail.com – or via the twitter hashtag #tubestrike #e11, or on Facebook.

MONDAY 7pm, Nic Newman writes: “Great idea to use Wansteadium to get people sharing best routes. Any thoughts on the best way to get to kensington tomorrow? train, river? ”

2130 BST: TFL reporting Central Line operating with only minor delays, though BBC Travel saying severe delays on Central and Circle.

2230 BST: Torrential rain in Wanstead worries fairweather cyclists.

2330 BST: @sweuxth tweets: “Btw for all Central Line users a member of staff told me it’ll most likely be closed all day tomorrow so don’t bother going to work tomorrow

TUESDAY 0630 BST: TFL says Central Line is suspended, as is Victoria Line (so no point schlepping to Walthamstow. Overground has good service. Live details here.

0635BST: But, in a variation of that old Southern Comfort ad, at least it’s stopped raining.

0830BST: TFL saying Central Line now suspended between Leytonstone and White City. However, Wanstead station all locked up.

0845BST: Live departure board for Wanstead: http://bit.ly/9Dl8am

0848BST: And live departure board for Snaresbrook. http://bit.ly/cFqPme – currently two trains showing at 5 and 13 minutes away, but only going as far as Leytonstone.

@Wansteadium try the 0728 from stop a by the station towards victoria, route 744 741 742less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

The plan is overground to wanstead park, short walk to Forest Gate, train to Stratford and DLR to the Wharf. What could possibly go wrong?less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone

1000BST: Ahh some perspective: BBC News – the Blitz in pictures.

2 hours to get home (40 mins from Manor Park to Wanstead)less than a minute ago via web

At bus stop at Forest Gate, thanks to tube strike. Thought it would turn into a full blown riot as driver said only going to Wanstead Parkless than a minute ago via web

Central Line doors now go both ways at Stratford

File under “minor improvements to life”. The doors on westbound Central Line trains now open on both sides at Stratford, following the opening of the Harry Potter-ish Platform 3a. For people travelling with prams or buggies, or for those with restricted mobility, it should make changing lines at the station more straightforward. TFL says there is also a new lift for step-free access.

A statement from TFL says:

“When facing the direction of travel, you should exit via the right side of the train to change onto London Overground and National Rail services or via the left side of the train to change onto the Jubilee line, DLR or to leave the station. A lift for step-free access and new signage, to help you plan your route through the station, are also being introduced.”

The potential downside is for visitors, those lacking in confidence, or for the tired and emotional, any of whom might find themselves not quite where they want to be. But generally for those travelling from Snaresbrook or Wanstead this development should be a good thing.

Another two-hour rushhour delay hits Wanstead commuters

For the second time in just a few weeks an evening rushhour has been severely hit by a tube breakdown.

Hundreds of commuters heading east out of central London suffered a two-hour delay on Friday night as the Central Line became paralysed by a broken train at Stratford. Trains terminated at Liverpool Street while the blockage was cleared, and didn’t start again until after 7pm.