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How bad is the “Tube”?


tubeNews that London Underground suffers from terrible problems with overcrowding probably not really going to surprise many commuters.

From unbearable heat or the sweaty odours emanating from fellow passengers during the summer months, to being unceremoniously poked with umbrellas in the winter, travellers on the Tube are used to uncomfortable journeys.

A survey by the London Assembly’s Transport Committee found 80 percent of people had suffered from overcrowding, to such an extent that many had to psyche themselves up before setting off.

Transport for London say it is spending billions as part of the biggest upgrade of the system in decades which will mean better stations, more trains and faster journeys. But there is a cost, as lines are regularly closed to allow the improvement works to take place causing problems which the committee says other European cities such as Madrid manage to avoid.

from Commentaries:

Water down the tube in London heatwave

waterLondon's transport bosses are telling travellers on the tube system to beat the heat by carrying a bottle of water with them when they venture underground.

But how many of us are refilling our bottles with tap water rather than pouring money down the tube -- not to mention the cost of recycling the plastic bottles -- by buying a new bottle of water each day?

Snow event?


When in Rome . . .

As I watched the snow fall gently from London skies on Sunday night, I asked an acquaintance if I would have to go to work the next day.

My Canadian “snow radar” — fine-tuned from living in the snowy cities of Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax — was telling me that there wasn’t going to be much accumulation, but given the regular daily London transit delays in fair weather during the rush hour, I had a gleeful feeling a “snow day” might be in store.