It’s been quite a study, watching how people who live or work in London coped with last week’s Tube strike.
Most seemed just to get on with it, trying to keep dry as they joined the interminable queues for buses or took to their bikes or used their two feet to get around.
For myself and other hapless revellers caught out and desperately trying to get back to train stations or hotels, a Night Tube would be a good thing
The level of congestion showed some used their cars, while presumably in his mayoral office Boris Johnson jumped up and down with glee at the extra congestion charge revenue.
The argument is still raging about whether Tube workers should have been striking over changes to their shifts as a result of the new Night Tube system, which will offer travellers a round-the-clock service.
I’ll admit to getting temporarily misplaced in the Finsbury Park area while searching for a Tube station that was actually open post-Stone Roses gig, conscious that the metal gates of doom were shortly to be pulled across most Tube station doors and that I’d be stranded for the night.
So, for myself and other hapless revellers caught out and desperately trying to get back to train stations or hotels, a Night Tube would be a good thing. That or a map, of course.
Sudden changes to shifts are always a tough sell, and the Tube workers say their work/life balance is being eroded by changes to their shift patterns, in that their shifts will no longer have a discernible pattern.
I can see their point, I suppose, but I’m not sure I agree with all four transport unions organising a same-day strike.
Still, it’s been fun to see the media cope with it.
I’ve been advised on how I can get to grips with a bike commute (actually invaluable advice to me, seeing as I’m now part of the be-Lycraed cycle commuting clan).
Someone also came up with a handy calorie-counting map listing how many calories would be burned by walking between Tube stations.
Perhaps some will, on the nice days at least, be persuaded out of the dark tunnels and into the light.
Maybe that will be the strike legacy…until at least October.