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Some handy TfL tools to get you through the #tubestrike

Isabelle Aron

In case the hordes of people queuing for the bus or scrabbling for Boris Bikes this morning haven't given it away, we're in the middle of a 24-hour tube strike. Yes it's pretty grim out there but you've probably got shit to do and aren't going to let a little traffic stop you. To help you on your (slightly slow) way, here are some of TfL's tools to ease your tube strike woes.  

Status updates

If you're not sure which services are running, you can check TfL's status update page to get up-to-date information on the tube, overground, DLR and TfL rail. Spoiler alert: none of the tube lines will be running and that probably won't change, but you can use it to check if any of the other services have come crumbling down under the pressure.

Live arrivals

If you haven't got one of the many apps where you can check live arrival times then you'll want to keep a keen eye on this, which shows arrival times for the bus, Overground, TfL Rail, DLR, river, tram and even the Emirates Airline services (if things get really desperate).

Journey planner

An oldie, but a goodie. If the stress of the tube strike has made you lose your mind a bit, don't forget about TfL's journey planner, which will show you the quickest options available on the services that are running as well as bus-only, walking and cycling options.

Nearby options

Stranded in the middle of London and not sure what your next move should be? TfL has got a 'nearby' tool, which shows all the nearest rail stations, bus stops and Boris Bike stations, including the number of bikes left at each docking point.

Keep an eye on @TfLTravelAlerts for more up-to-date information, although just tweeting 'HELP' at them probably won't get you very far.

For more information on the tube strike, head here.

Take a look at our ultimate guide to surviving the tube strike.

Or look at the 'Undergroans' tube map, which attempts to express your #tubestrike pain.

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