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Ok, here is a simple short review of the London underground in rush hour----dont do it!!!!!!!! I did work experience in London a couple of weeks ago and i have come to the simple solution that you should take a bus.....or a taxi. After experimenting on various ways to reach london victoria from London Waterloo i came to the conclusion to get the bus instead. First, to reach the lower lines you have to take at least 2 escalators and walk around a variety of tunnels to reach the train in the first place, then the same when you get to your destination. On short journeys it is not worth the money either, with a zone 1 travelcard or single journey in zone 1 rising in price regularly. Trains run incredibly frequently-around every three minutes in peak times, but they are always packed. Here we run into our problem. Too many people use the tubes, creating a rushed, packed, and incredibly hot atmosphere around. Trains are very varied, with picadilly line trains being impressively modern, but older district line ones depressingly out of date. So, the long and short of it is, for me. That the LU is acceptable in non-peak times, when it is fairly pleasant, seats are comfy and trains are fairly cool. However, we do face being pushed into a hole, with the congestion charge we cant drive without facing a big charge, and we cant walk because it would tire us out before we got to walk. Those who work in london all know what its like, and people who dont try it one day and see what i mean, its truely awful. I cannot really talk about the LU in general, because it is a massive network, with hundreds of miles of track and hundreds of trains. But i hope i have given you a snapshot of the London underground between 08:00-10:00 and 17:00-19:00. But my advice is, if you can avoid it, avoid it. But I realise, for many, its the only way of getting around London. My tips: Travel at off peak times where the tube is a fairly pleasant experience. Take a bus. a route map can be found here:http://www.tfl.gov.uk/buses/spiders/borough.asp Use the river boats:http://www.tfl.gov.uk/river/maps/overview.shtml Use the DLR:http://www.tfl.gov.uk/dlr/ Walk:http://www.tfl.gov.uk/streets/walking/home.shtml Cycle:http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cycles/routes/
Or overground services. Simple things like when you take the Waterloo to Portsmouth lines, change at Clapham to go to Victoria instead of taking the tube. London has an excellent transport system and the tube is more heavily overloaded than the rest. So in rush hour, i just ask you, could you get to work another way?????? Im sure you will join me in expressing my deep sympathys for the families of the people killed in the bomb attacks on the 7th of July. More information on the London Underground can be found at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tube/ .
Thank goodness I don't have to use it often. Maureen
CareBear 20.07.2005 14:10
The tube is packed but carefully adjusting your times by as little as 5 to 10 minutes can help. Also, knowing which part of the train to get on, where to stand for the maximum chance of getting a seat etc can all make a bad journey bearable.
pinkmatchstick 20.07.2005 10:20
Nothing wrong with the Underground in my opinion, they've been going 100+ years and you tell me a better solution!
The title contains an obvious irony: the posters on the London Underground have always ... more
been an excellent example of public art, free and accessible to the lumpen proletariat who, as art critic Anthony Blunt pointed out, "are lured into liking the poster before they realise that it is just the kind of thing which they loathe in the exhibition galleryâ¦" Sugaring the medicine came to be a defining characteristic of Underground advertising, the pictorial history of which is traced in this excellent volume, from its beginnings in 1908 until 1989. The selection is made by Oliver Green, the first curator of the London Transport Museum, whose love of his subject irrigates the potentially dry textuality of his admirably brief introduction. Green shows how the advertising focus quickly shifted from the mode of transport to the destination in a bid to capture the lucrative leisure hours of Londoners, and how there was also a desire to simply establish goodwill, a concept baffling to a modern business sensibility inured to the idea of profit uber alles. The posters were the brainchild of Frank Pick, a "benevolent style dictator", responsible for establishing the corporate identity still used by London Underground today. Over 200 of them are reproduced here in colour, embracing a diversity of styles including Cubism, Modernism, Vorticism and Futurism, and inviting us to all corners of the metropolis and its surrounds, but most commonly London Zoo (which of course is nowhere near a tube). Well-known artists such as Man Ray and Graham Sutherland contributed designs, as did a to-be-well-known spy novelist Len Deighton, but the stars were artists such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, whose work over many years showed an unsurpassed understanding of the medium. The most recognisable design, though, was Henry C. Beck's diagrammatic map of the tube network, introduced in 1933 and still iconically ubiquitous today. It is a pity Green does not reproduce it to a greater scale (likewise its interesting geogr