Commuting in London can sometimes feel like negotiating a battlefield. Everyone has their own tactics to ensure a smooth and comfortable journey. Blogger Brendan Nelson has compiled a strategy of how to get a seat on a crowded rush-hour overground train. As a man who prides himself on understanding the behaviour of other commuters and generally being able to get a seat, after a recent bout of standing, he devised an illustrated seat-acquisition game of how to win the seat war. Blogger Meg Pickard has also analysed her commute and realised that not all tube seats are equal. To demystify this underground minefield, she has broken down the hierarchy of tube seats.
This got us thinking, so we did our own bit of research and came up with the following carriage positions:
Standers feel healthy, riotous and will stand anywhere. Won’t take a seat even if offered, always preferring to be on their feet no matter how busy the carriage. Possibly phobic of tube seats.
Instantly gravitates towards a comforting surface to lean on and hunkers down. Wouldn’t be caught dead standing out in the open.
Mix of the Germaphobe and the Staunch Stander (with some Fitness Nut thrown in for good measure). Won’t touch a rail. Won’t lean or sit. Spends the entire journey tensing their abs and working out their core in an attempt to stop themselves toppling over.
A dangerous breed. Has seat tunnel vision, won’t let people off first and will barge everyone out of the way to get that last seat. If there are no free seats, has ways to make sitters feel uncomfortable enough to offer up their perch.
(Seated version of the Avid Leaner) As soon as a prime end spot becomes free they will leap across the carriage for the cosy seat regardless of whether or not a ‘priority’ passenger needs to sit down. The glass on one side makes them feel safe and secure.
They won’t move down. They are getting off soon. They don’t care.
Aisle Stander (aka Seat Lurker)
Yes, there might be more space in the aisle but let’s be honest, they are just waiting for a seat.
Is your bag your child? No? Well get it off the seat then, some of us want to sit down.
Has memorised the best carriage and specific door to ensure a smooth departure straight into the exit. Doesn’t matter where they sit or stand, they have their journey mapped out for maximum efficiency and speed.
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