Friday, August 3, 2007

Tight squeeze...


As mentioned in an earlier post, Tube forms a huge part of Londeners' life. In fact, the Tube defines London. After experiencing the neck breaking speed that an average Londoner whiz through the various tunnels connecting one network to another, I have no idea how is it that Singaporeans are nominated as the 'people with the fastest walking speed'. As if that's something to be proud of...

Though breakdowns and delays are common, the Tube is really under-appreciated. It's really not that bad and it does its job well enough considering that it's already more than a hundred years old. A 'severe' delay is defined as train arriving in 6min instead of the usual 3min... wait a min (pun unintended)... isn't that shorter than the time taken for a Northeast Line train? Hmm... food for thought...

A Tube train is generally narrower than and MRT train, as you can see from the pic above. Thus each train carries less passengers and frequency has to increase as a result. Does that mean that Tube operators earn lesser? No way... London Tube is one of the most expensive transport known to mankind. The most expensive stretch is a 250m run from Leceistor Square to Covent Garden that costs 1.5 quid (S$4.50). That's more expensive than a ride in the Concorde (when it was operating)!

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