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.
Seasoned commuters will know there are many things a person should never do on a tube – you don’t take up too much space, hold the doors open, push past people, shove your bag/elbow/newspaper [delete as appropriate] in your fellow tube sufferer’s face… the list goes on.
Yet, still *some people* continue to practise this bad behaviour on the tube – so many so, we probably all know an offender, and more than likely have been the cause of the problem ourselves more than once.
Thus, I’ve created an Audioboo playlist of people’s stories about #tubeetiquette to find out what issues grind the most on people.
In our story about CCTV cameras on the underground, we looked at which stations and lines have the most cameras, and the wider debate around the use of CCTV in the UK.
But how many CCTV cameras does your local tube station have?
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.
To most of us, traveling by tube is not the most glamourous of events, but if you look at the selection of vintage posters we’ve curated on a Pinterest board, you could easily be led to believe otherwise. We’ve picked out just a few themes that are key to promoting the tube to any respectable Londoner. Continue reading