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London Underground, Life line + Pain


Quickest and most practical way to get around london

You can be packed as if you was inside a sardine can

Recommendable Yes:

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Reliability of trains

Comfort of trains

On-board facilities

Speed of trainsAverage

Safety of trainsSafe

How extensive is their Rail Network?Very extensive

How well does it cater for disabled people?Satisfactorily

Ticketing SystemGood

Value for MoneySatisfactory

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Being an exploring natured person that I am, I have been on every underground line and to almost every end of the line. Sad I know, but £2 for a child travelcard for unlimited travel around london each day, as a mid-aged teenager I could not resist. Thoughout my traveling I have noticed how important London Underground (Commonly known as the Tube) is to the everyday life of Londoners and of its visitors. It's services are over demanded on rushhour periods, but its service overall are very good.

Reliability of the Tube is very good. These trains are not normally run on a timetable, but of a frequencey of trains (i.e. every 5 minutes). This frequencey of trains are usally around every 5-10 minutes of which I have seen a frequencey of every minute on lines during the rush hour, of which shows you how the service is reliable and also where the demand increases teh service increases as well. Where there have been delays on lines, these are well announced and where needed information is given clearly on how to complete your journey on other connections and sometimes rail replacement buses.

Comfort of these trains are satisfactory. The trains are built to cope with high volume of passengers with in mind that people wont ride on these services for long and so is built with in mind taht the majority of people will stand. I am not saying that it is uncomfitable, just that the trains is not designed for passengers to be taking long journeys on them.

The speed on these trains completely depends on what line you are on. From my experiances I have found some of the slowest lines to be of the District and Circle lines, of which also have stations exspecailly in central london very close and in fact 5 minutes walking distance between each other. These lines are very old, where as some of the fastest lines to be of the Central and Piccadilly which are also newer than the other lines. But one of the main functions that the Tube serves is a faster and direct service than the London Bus Network.

Saftey on the London Underground is pretty standard amounst railway networks, but of newer lines such as the Jubilee line there is glass reinforced doors of which the train doors line up to and only open to allow passengers on and off the train whilst fencing off the track. There are hardly any specail on-board facilities because of the designs of the trains, but features such as next stop and destination displays within the train is on half of the lines and emergance alarms followed by an intercom to the driver is on all trains.

The railway network itself exspands throughout london and its surrounding country areas where people from country areas can benifit from London transport. The London Underground system is made of Zonal fares, which means depending on what zones you travel in and through decides on what fare you shall pay. The underground system has 6 main zones (1 to 6) and 4 small zones (A to D). The main zones start with zone 1 being the center of london and exspanding out in "tree like" layors, with the small 4 zones being the Metropolitan branch reaching out past Nort West London into the countryside. Fares of the underground in my views is high, although a new ticketing systems called Oyster Card has come out with reduced fares they are still high.

Although the trains still need upgrading, around 1/3 of trains I have seen are able to support the needs for disabled people to travel, but these are only to and from certain stations due to the age of the stations and lines.

Overall the Underground system is usally regarded as a pain by Londoners with overcrowding and high fares, but London would not be seen without it. As without the London Underground, London would be a very different place of which the buses would be so over packed with roads so full of traffic with cars. So the Underground is a pain, but also a life line to the whole London and surrounding area's communitys, buisnesses and tourists.
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Allyalcock 17.11.2006 14:58

I've only been on here once a long time ago and found the whole network to be quite good! Good review, Alison x

jackyann53 16.11.2006 23:50

I was born in London and used the underground daily both to get to work and for socialising. I never particularly liked it but as you say it's an essential part of day to day life there. Rush hours were hell and I used to feel so happy when I levered myself out on to my destination platform. Now I'm just happy to be out of London, living by the sea where tube trains and rush hours are a thing of the past. Jacky x

HungryHungarian 16.11.2006 23:30

I love the underground, except in the summer, and when it's over crowded, and when it's broken, and when ....... it's a love hate relationship really! Michael

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