Right, it'll be *really* difficult and/or expensive to get from Staines to Stansted without the trains. My first suggestion is, do you know anyone in/near London who you could pull in a favour from and get them to drive you to the airport?
Otherwise, the only thing I can think of is, can you just cut your losses and get a coach to Stansted either on the 16th or on the 15th and get a cheap hotel nearby? Unfortunately there's not an easy answer to this. I'm going away on the 17th with a couple of others from here - another rail strike day - and it has screwed them over with getting down to Heathrow. Fortunately they've managed to arrange a lift and I live in London anyway. But yes, it's really unfortunate.
Thanks for the reply, I appreciate your suggestions. Sorry to hear that some other guys have have their plans affected as well but it’s good to hear that they’ve been able to make alternative arrangements.
I was feeling very stressed about this yesterday but I’ve slept on it and I think I’ve come up with an alternative plan that might work. From when I arrive at Victoria coach station on the morning of the strike day (the 15th) I should be able to take four buses over to Staines. I can go to Thorpe and have a few hours there (I’m wondering if it might be extremely quiet there) and then go back early to my hotel in Staines and get some a few hours sleep in. Then rather than staying overnight I’ll just leave at say 11am and get the buses back to central London and then get a National Express coach to Stansted from Victoria, I can grab one at say 2am and get to the Airport for 4am on the 16th. Way earlier than I need to be there and it means I lose a proper nights sleep but I think maybe it’s worth it rather than having the stress of trying to get from Staines to Stansted all by train in the morning when the companies are advising that there may still be disruption until midday. How does that alternate plan sound, does it seem feasible? I just really don’t fancy the anxiety of not knowing how bad disruptions might still be and having to be constantly watching the time.