Friday, November 07, 2008

London underground: what joy...

After 4 or so yrs break, I am now commuting using the London underground aka the tube and I now realise what I've been missing. Not...

The tube carries 3million+ passengers a day and you feel like most of them are on your journey to and from work. So what joys have I been missing?

Inconsiderates:

  • Morning blues: If somebody is going to throw themselves under a train, is it too much ask that they don't do it at 8 in the morning just as rush hour kicks in? Or even better, do what most do when they can't stomach going to work, just call in sick and stay at home...muppet.
  • Water-phobia: Some passengers are principally opposed to washing themselves or brushing teeth. Very painful for fellow passengers.
  • The plodders: Those that can't work at 50mph shouldn't bother with the tube. Take the bus to work.
  • Potato syndrome: Canada a much younger nation than the "Great" Britain, has double decker trains. A good well planned idea for avoiding being packed into trains like potatoes in a sack. Unlikely to happen in London but badly needed otherwise the "oshiya" are the future.
  • Free-riders: Its not funny or clever to bump and grind into your fellow passengers so as to avoid paying for a train ticket. The windy-buses is a better option.

Good part:

  1. Keep fit regime: You walk up 100+ stairs in one journey. I've lost 5kgs already...

4 comments:

Ssembonge said...

Maina, There was a time I knew where the all the exits on Jubilee and central line aligned to the coaches.

Which line is this that doesn't have escalators? Barkerloo? Or the escalators don't work on the deep Jubilee line stations.

MainaT said...

Ssem-I am sure you saw the line about speed. If you and hundreds are descending on the same train and in a hurry, you really stair gaze.

Ssembonge said...

Maina, That is why you board the carriage/coach where the exit is located so that you are the first one out.

MainaT said...

We Ssem. Next time u passby, I'll make sure we take that route. Sawa?

Anyway, won't for much longer.