Londoners in for wild New Year’s

Travellers visiting London this New Year’s should be aware that labor troubles may shut down the city’s famous Tube on New Year’s Eve. Union leaders recently announced plans for a 24-hour strike, from 11 am December 31 to 11 am New Year’s Day.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union says it is calling the strike amid fears that jobs will be lost after new private financing of the subway system. The union says that it has not received guarantees that there will not be lay-offs of staff after the new financing is in place.

Thousands of celebrants heading to Trafalgar Square and the West End for traditional parties will be forced to make alternate travel arrangements. Buses and taxis should do a booming business on what promises to be a different London New Year’s.

In related news, those travelling on other British trains over Christmas and New Year’s may have to deal with other strikes and construction delays. Trains have been re-routed for work on major lines, and drivers on Channel Tunnel trains and signal operators on London Underground’s Northern Line have announced plans for strikes this holiday season.

If you’re heading to Britain this Christmas, beure to check on the situation before you go, and make alternate travel arrangements to avoid disruptions.