Friday, January 11, 2008

London Underground

"Mind the gap".....

OK. I am back to the Jungle but I will write maybe couple more posts on UK and London.

Today I am gonna share with you on London Underground or a.k.a. subway.

Surely enough I rode the famous British subway. The key word: different and unique.

So far I have seen many subways in many capitals around the World. Some are alike, other are unique. London's is special.

So, few observations:

- The underground system is pretty old and very well developed. It looks like the authorities knew that the future is "riding the subway". It's fast and gets you to any place in the city. It's easy to find your way around

-The train is pretty old but the carts are very well maintain, surprisingly clean, comfortable with soft chairs. Also, smaller the other underground carts.

-The fee is per area you are going. You need your card to enter AND...exit the subway. If you spent more time or got off on the stop out of the area you paid for, a fine of 20 pounds waits for you.

-Cameras are everywhere. The Big-Bro is there. Maybe it gives some people security comfort but it's kind of scary and funny:" Don't pick your nose, you are on camera..." :)

-Trains have a great and efficient schedule. Probably it's one of the most well organized subway systems in the World, I have seen.

By the way, the underground rides on the right side of the road, excuse me---of the tunnel...or maybe left....or maybe there is only one way.

The English Way, my Dear :)

ps. "Mind the gap" is a warning to train passengers to remind them of the sometimes significant gap between the train door and the station platform. It was first introduced in 1969 by the London Underground rapid transit system.


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