The Tube – 150 years old today!

London Underground Logo

London Underground Logo

Amazing to think that it was so long ago, when people were still getting from A to B by horse and carriage.

The BBC has an interesting article: ‘Sulphurous’ fumes and class division on Victorian Tube. What I find intriguing is the photograph at the beginning of the article, showing an overcrowded platform. The picture dates from 1915!  The caption  is even more intriguing:

“Overcrowding was a big issue by 1915 but it was a recurring concern since 1877”

It seems that not much has really changed! Well, maybe there is one thing. There’s a helpful notice hanging from the ceiling which says:

THERE IS MORE ROOM IN THE FRONT OF THE TRAIN

(There’s also more room at the back).

We don’t have these notices anymore. But then again, I suppose after 150 years, commuters have got so used to commuting that they know their way around by now!

Happy New Year as Rail Fares rise yet again!

Commuter Hell at Clapham Junction by  Croll on Flickr

Commuter Hell at Clapham Junction by Iain Croll on Flickr

It happens every year. Commuting to work – and especially commuting to London – isn’t fun at the best of times, but when they put the rail fares up, it only adds insult to injury. Each year, for as long as I can remember, rail fares have increased as night follows day, and each time it’s the same old lame excuse: “We’re doing it because we need to invest to improve our services.”  Continue reading