Commuters and tourists share their worst #tubeetiquette stories

Listen to Audioboo stories about #tube etiquette

Listen to Audioboo stories about #tube etiquette

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.

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Which underground station has the most CCTV cameras (interactive map)?

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?

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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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Stories from a tube driver

What’s it really like to be a tube driver? A guest post by Andy Ross.

I started working for London Underground in June 1989, after arriving in March from New Zealand and seeing adverts for guards on the trains.

A naive 20 year old, one day I had gone to Portobello Market and when I caught the train home, the driver was a punk guy with bright green hair –  I thought if he can get a job, then so can I. 

Since then I’ve been a station supervisor, a guard, and for the last 19 years a tube driver on the Piccadilly Line.

Andy Ross tube driver

Credit: Andy Ross

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Busking on the Tube: The Good, the Bad, and the Clown that sings Leonard Cohen covers in Hungarian


Photo by Sandra Harper

Does this guy look familiar? If so, you may have been privy to one Wayne Myers’ busking performances on the London underground. He has been regaling commuters with bluesy/folk numbers for years under the moniker Fit and the Conniptions.

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