Tackling train fares: The toll of the Tube

With train fares in London at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that some commuters are desperate to find ways to skip the eye-watering expense of a season ticket.

One man who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth around £43,000 avoided prosecution by making an out-of-court settlement.

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WAAAATERLOO and other the tube stops you might want to avoid in rush hour

photo: splityarn

photo: splityarn

Did you know that when ABBA first performed Waterloo, they weren’t actually singing about that battle at all? In fact, the whole song is a prolonged whine about London’s busiest tube station.

OK, so that’s probably not true. HOWEVER, we can reveal that eighty eight million people passed through it’s entrance in 2012, making it the city’s most-packed and claustrophia-inducing stop of all.

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11 of the best London Underground facts ever

If you haven’t guessed already, we’re rather fond of the London Underground. Here are 11 of the best things you could possibly know about it:

1. There is only one Tube station which does not have any letters of the word ‘mackerel’ in it: St John’s Wood. That’s about the scale of it, anyway.

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Sexual harassment on the tube: What would you do?

Photo: Sarah Karacs

Photo: Sarah Karacs

Mary* was taking the tube home when she felt a hand reach between her legs. “I didn’t realize at first what had happened but when he walked past me, I put the two together and suddenly felt really angry that something could happen to me on a normal evening in the middle of rush hour”.

She burst into tears but no one stopped to find out why, or whether she was OK. “I guess they just assumed I’d broken up with my boyfriend or something”.

The experience shook Mary, who felt vulnerable on public transport for months afterwards.

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CAPTURED ON CAMERA: over 15,000 CCTV cameras on the London Underground

They say the average Londoner gets caught on CCTV 40 times in one day, but having looked at TfL’s reply to an Freedom Of Information request about cameras on the tube network, it looks like you could easily get caught by 40 cameras making one tube journey.  So what station has the most CCTV cameras, and also what tube line?

As suspected it’s the stations that are the biggest and most central that tend to have the most cameras – Kings Cross and St Pancras combined have 408. The majority of stations with the most cameras are also in zone one.

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