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1 hour ago, Bruce Wall said:

3rd November there will be a TFL/tube strike.  (Of course I have to have not one - but two performances at ROH on that day.)  Other dates for national rail outlets - 5th and 8th November I believe.  

 

 

 

If you have a travelcard that covers Zones or an Oystercard that deducts as you travel (with a daily limit on how much you can be charged), Bruce, ROH is well served by trains.

 

Charing Cross station (Southeastern trains with connections to London Bridge, Waterloo East, Kent) is within walking distance to ROH (about 15-20mins).

 

City Thameslink (use the St Paul’s exit) is also near- which gets trains from Blackfriars, St Pancras, Farringdon, London Bridge, East Croydon, Peterborough, Cambridge, Bedford, Gatwick, Brighton, etc) which is about 25 minutes’ walk from the other direction - if the buses aren’t packed, a few go from outside City Thameslink station to the front of Kings College London and Courtauld Institute of Art and ROH is just across the road to Aldwych and a 6 minute stroll up to Bow Street, which can save you 15mins (but sometimes the buses might not arrive for ages, so just watch the time).

 

Or if you prefer, you can also walk down Waterloo Bridge from the Strand & Aldwych (past Lyceum Theatre) to go directly to Waterloo Station if that’s easier to connect for you. On the bright side, at least you get 2 shows to make up for the inconvenience- hopefully not too tricky to arrive for the first show on time. 

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2 hours ago, Bruce Wall said:

3rd November there will be a TFL/tube strike.  (Of course I have to have not one - but two performances at ROH on that day.)  Other dates for national rail outlets - 5th and 8th November I believe.  

 

The reports I've seen give the train strike dates as 3rd, 5th and 7th November.

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You won’t be able to use Thameslink trains that easily on the 3rd 5th or the 7th as RMT union has just announced strikes for those dates and their strikes affect both Thameslink and Southern trains. 
Something will have to give for me that week as have ballet outings at ROH, Sadlers Wells and Chelsea Ballet annual performance that week plus my usual weekly London outings or I will have to spend the whole week from Tuesday to Sunday in London!!!!

 

 

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1 hour ago, LinMM said:

You won’t be able to use Thameslink trains that easily on the 3rd 5th or the 7th as RMT union has just announced strikes for those dates and their strikes affect both Thameslink and Southern trains. 
Something will have to give for me that week as have ballet outings at ROH, Sadlers Wells and Chelsea Ballet annual performance that week plus my usual weekly London outings or I will have to spend the whole week from Tuesday to Sunday in London!!!!

 

 

Now both Tube and rail on the same day? ☹️😮 There goes my nice plan to see Northern Ballet. 

 

13 minutes ago, LinMM said:

There is on Nov 3rd as I understand it. 

Nov 5th is now affected by both Avanti strikes and RMT strikes. 

And BRB! 

 

Life was a lot simpler in lockdown.....and I’ll be seeing the same number of live ballet performances during strike week as during lockdown= zero. 🤣

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Apparently, the RMT strikes on the 3, 5, 7 Nov involves Network Rail signalling so disruption could be quite widespread. I'd already decided to see Men in Motion on the 6th by going by coach from Cheltenham. Good job I did but I wonder how other audience members will manage? The rail bosses were saying significantly fewer people were using the trains. Is that surprising?

Rail workers are also voting on another 6 months of strikes. Ballots close Nov 15th.

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The information seems a lot more chaotic this month. Network Rail seem to think the trains are running normally (!!) while the Guardian and some news outlets are saying 3, 5, 7 by members of those unions. Which seems to mean there may be occasional trains being staffed by non members. I can’t really do anything about it now- I can’t stay overnight as the trains were there to help get from one appointment to the next on time, and without the trains, I have to prioritise the other appointments which just means I won’t get to see NB or BRB as all other time slots eg Wednesday to Friday nights are already  filled. Argh - I was looking forward to the programmes but unless I can fly, like Superman, or the strikes are called off, it ain’t gonna happen. 

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11 hours ago, jmhopton said:

Apparently, the RMT strikes on the 3, 5, 7 Nov involves Network Rail signalling so disruption could be quite widespread. I'd already decided to see Men in Motion on the 6th by going by coach from Cheltenham. Good job I did but I wonder how other audience members will manage? The rail bosses were saying significantly fewer people were using the trains. Is that surprising?

Rail workers are also voting on another 6 months of strikes. Ballots close Nov 15th.

 

I'm holding off thinking about booking for Men In Motion until it's clearer what impact the strikes will have this time round. I managed to do theatregoing on 6th & 7th October in between the strikes on 5th & 8th so maybe 6th November will also be possible in between 5th & 7th but I'm not counting on it yet. I'm hoping that these 3 strike days in the first week of November will be it for November, as I have theatre bookings later in the month that I'd be a lot more annoyed if I couldn't get to.

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Avanti have just advertised tickets on sale for this Saturday. Whoopi do. Fancy, 2 days notice, they're spoiling us. As I said previously I've booked an off peak return anyway, just not booked a seat, but as they seem to have quite a few trains running despite train managers on strike I'll hope I'll be OK.

 

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7 minutes ago, alison said:

Just updating, a bit belatedly, to say that the RMT has cancelled the strike on November 3rd as it clashed with Poppy Day.  They're adding one on 9th November instead :(

 

And what's happening to the "linked-yet-separate" tube strikes?

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More Avanti problems. Just seen an email warning of driver shortages and possible cancellations:

 

“We're getting in touch as you're due to travel with us on 29 Oct at 10:03 from Penrith to London Euston. We are currently experiencing staff shortages which may result in some short notice cancellations. We're doing all we can to run all services so please check in the morning of your day of travel to confirm if your train is running. 

If your service is cancelled you can choose to travel on the Avanti West Coast service before or after your booked train. Alternatively, if you no longer wish to travel, you can claim a full, fee-free refund.”

 

There’s a link to check latest news which is still showing the 10:03 as running but there’s a doubt about some trains after 10:00.

 

This weekend all services travel via Birmingham and take an extra 80 minutes rather than the 3 hours 10 minutes.
 

The train before 10:00 is 8:00 and I’m 45 minutes from the station. So do I have to be ready to leave at just after 7:00 just in case the 10:00 is cancelled?
 

I still can’t understand why Avanti were given a 6 month contract extension.
 


 

 

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The Journey Planner was actually working a few minutes ago, instead of the "Bad Request" that usually comes up. I should be alright next week now that the strike on 3rd November is cancelled, but have had to cancel SW for the 10th November because of the Tube Strike. 

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Best of luck John. I was so lucky going to Birmingham and back yesterday.  No problem at all, although I had been half expecting at least one cancellation.  I am dumbfounded as to how poor their service is.  

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59 minutes ago, JohnS said:

More Avanti problems. Just seen an email warning of driver shortages and possible cancellations:

 

“We're getting in touch as you're due to travel with us on 29 Oct at 10:03 from Penrith to London Euston. We are currently experiencing staff shortages which may result in some short notice cancellations. We're doing all we can to run all services so please check in the morning of your day of travel to confirm if your train is running. 

If your service is cancelled you can choose to travel on the Avanti West Coast service before or after your booked train. Alternatively, if you no longer wish to travel, you can claim a full, fee-free refund.”

 

There’s a link to check latest news which is still showing the 10:03 as running but there’s a doubt about some trains after 10:00.

 

This weekend all services travel via Birmingham and take an extra 80 minutes rather than the 3 hours 10 minutes.
 

The train before 10:00 is 8:00 and I’m 45 minutes from the station. So do I have to be ready to leave at just after 7:00 just in case the 10:00 is cancelled?
 

I still can’t understand why Avanti were given a 6 month contract extension.
 


 

 

 

Oh no, not again. Just when I was congratulating myself on the possibility of a stress free journey, having had to stay in London an extra night last weekend because of signalling problems at Euston. I'm due to get the 10am from Preston and haven't had any notification to say it's problematic. I've just signed up for WhatsApp messaging service so will have to see. At least I've all day to get there, and no, I don't know why Avanti were given a franchise extension. Epitomises how useless this government is.

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I see the 10:03 is now cancelled. I’ll have to go for the 8:00 and hope there’s a seat but the 7:00 is also cancelled so it’s likely to busy. I’ll try changing my seat reservation but I’ll be very surprised if that works as there don’t seem to be any tickets for the 8:00 train.

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58 minutes ago, JohnS said:

I see the 10:03 is now cancelled. I’ll have to go for the 8:00 and hope there’s a seat but the 7:00 is also cancelled so it’s likely to busy. I’ll try changing my seat reservation but I’ll be very surprised if that works as there don’t seem to be any tickets for the 8:00 train.

 

Good luck!

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Yes Good luck JohnS

 

Beryl I’m not 100 percent sure but I thought you travelled from Brighton? 
If you did want to go to SW on the 10th you could get a Thameslink train to either Farringdon or Kings Cross( St Pancras Internat) and it is possible to walk from both especially from Farringdon. It’s a short bus journey down to Kings Cross as well. 
The Thameslink trains are every 15 mins from Brighton so more frequent than Southern …as long as no cancellations etc. I haven’t used Southern for about six months or so now as it’s also quicker to get to central London from City Thameslink station than from Victoria at the moment as it’s a much shorter bus journey especially to the main theatre area. 
 

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Yes I often get 341 to the Angel from near Aldwych. 
That stops just across the road though   about a three min walk rather than right outside the station. 
It’s very precarious crossing the road there though as there’s a sort of two way bike lane and some cyclists don’t always stop when the lights are green for pedestrians to cross inspite of it being a huge junction there at Ludgate Circus..  so have to be on guard when crossing!! 
I suppose it’s about going home though. Both buses and trains start to get less frequent somewhere between  9- 10pm at night. If I’m not back in Brighton by 11.30pm I would have to take an expensive taxi ride to get home as it’s still four miles away from the station. 

 

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