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February 20, 2023

Does everyone in the UK google “driverless trains” during tube strikes?

Does everyone in London really google 'driverless trains' during a strike? If so, this article would be getting a lot of traffic.

By City Monitor Staff

The UK has been contending with industrial trike action throughout 2022 and right through to what looks like spring 2023 and beyond. Trains, grab the headlines, but teachers, nurses and many other unions called time on negotiations and voted to walk out.

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Docklands light railway station at Poplar. (Photo by Jean Cuomo/Shutterstock)

There’s a tube strike in London on Wednesday 15 March (Budget day). You may already know this as strikes haven’t been out of the UK’s media for very long over the past few months.

Are driverless trains the answer to tube strikes?

Other people will do a better job than we could of giving you the ins and outs of the industrial dispute (short version: it’s not just about money, it’s also about conditions). No one wants to read another tedious anecdote about how hard it was to get to work this morning. But, courtesy of Google Trends, which analyses search data, we present these graphs.

Above is a spike from the November tube strikes that took place on 10 November. With this logic, we might see Londoners turn to Google again in a matter of weeks. Time will tell.

[Read more: Upcoming industrial strike action in the UK]

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