Tired of being crammed into the tube like low-welfare cattle at rush hour? Then here’s a novel idea: try walking to your destination. Yup, that’s the answer being put forward by the great minds at Transport for London to solve the city’s commuter woes.
From this week, TfL are asking travellers to avoid getting on the Northern Line between Tooting Bec and Clapham North between 8-8.45am as part of a trial project to tackle overcrowding. Commuters often have to wait for the second or third train before they can board on this part of the line; instead, passengers should walk or cycle the 2.5 mile (4km) stretch, said TfL. It’s a temporary move as the Northern Line is being upgraded and will take an extra 11,000 people per hour when work is completed next year.
‘This section of the Northern Line is exceptionally busy during part of the morning and while the modernisation of the line will help to relieve crowding when complete next year this trial will look at whether we can improve the situation now. By making a small change to the time they travel our passengers’ journeys could be faster and more comfortable,’ said Gareth Powell, TfL’s director of strategy and service development. Or here’s an idea: why not use the money from the enormous above-inflation fare hike we’re expecting in the new year to provide roller skates, skateboards and scooters to take us the extra miles? And maybe throw in a few umbrellas too. . . Rebecca Taylor
Maybe it IS quicker to walk! Check out this realistic tube map!