The London Underground - I'm not claustrophobic - I'm normal.

kev By kev, 20th Feb 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Kev praised The London Underground on Wikinut recently but last Wednesday's shambles prompts a major rethink.

What happened.

Hundreds of people were stuck in a tunnel for almost 2 hours. A quick google search revealed a similar incident in february 2008 (450 people) and again in april 2008 (a staggering 5000 people).

What happened to me last year.

Hurrying along with the crowd, I boarded a ridiculously crowded tube train. I'm talking sardines in a can here. Battery hens would have had more space. As the train moved off I started to pray that there would be no problem with the train. (I'm an agnostic). Mrs Kev looked at me knowing I would not be happy. Within minutes the journey was over. I stopped praying.

What other people do.

I suppose because a lot of people put up with this overcrowding regularly and think nothing of it, I would be classified as claustrophobic because this situation causes me anxiety. However, I've come to the conclusion that it's 'normal' to feel anxious in this situation and there's nothing wrong with me at all.

What I'm doing about it.

1) Implement a policy of 'no boarding' when an overcrowded train comes along. However rushed, wait for the next one.
2) Investigate bus and taxi travel as a matter of urgency.
3) Relax and plan the next enjoyable trip. After all, I won't be travelling on crowded trains anymore.

Readers might like to see my earlier article on Wikinut in praise of The London Underground.


Claustrophobia, London Underground, Transport For London, Travel, Travel Tips

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author avatar kev
I'll try not to make my writing too cathartic but it does you good to get things off your chest. I was lucky enough to retire early. I like preservation railways & books.

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