TfL scrapped one of the fundamental rules of the Underground today, with the start of a six-month 'standing-only' escalator trial at Holborn tube station. In case people struggle with the concept, the folks at TfL have 'helpfully' painted blue footprints on both sides of the escalator, put up new signs and installed a creepy hologram type thing at the bottom of the escalators, to enforce the new rules.
IMPORTANT pic.twitter.com/byBmqjyxcu— helena horton (@horton_official) April 18, 2016
But it looks like a swanky hologram isn't enough to get Londoners following the new regime. As far as we can tell, people seem to just be totally ignoring the whole system:
I chuckled all the way up the escalator at #Holborn this morning, as we all calmly continued to stand on the right and walk on the left.— Louise (@lousical) April 18, 2016
Some people are particularly upset that they won't be able to get in a bit of morning cardio under the new rules:
#holborn I came to London in 1971, vowed to get my exercise by always walking up the escalators. Still doing it today, dont plan to stop— liz (@Mayolaliz) April 18, 2016
Running up escalators is my training & provides an endorphin rush that calms me to enable commute in an un- enraged state. #Holborn— Ahuman (@Briesias) April 18, 2016
But this person has really got their priorities right:
Asking people to stand on the left goes against everything British. Plus we can't shout at tourists anymore. #Holborn— Liz (@captainboo) April 18, 2016
Forget exercise, how are we supposed to feel superior over clueless tourists anymore?!
Thankfully, it looks like no one is paying any attention to the new rules. With any luck, TfL will get bored with the whole thing and restore the natural order to the Underground soon.
In other tube news, 57 stations are at 'high risk' from flooding.