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Holborn station's standing-only escalator trial starts on Monday

Isabelle Aron

Forget everything you thought you knew to be true about the rules of the Underground. Okay, maybe not everything, but TfL is about to scrap one of the fundamental tube rules: standing on the right and walking on the left. After a successful three-week trial at Holborn station back in November, they're about to embark on a six-month trial at the station, which kicks off next week. 

From Monday, one of four escalators will be standing-only at all times, while another escalator will follow the new regime at certain times throughout the day. Why is TfL turning our worlds upside down? Apparently the first trial showed that standing on both sides of the escalator actually gets people out of the station quicker, although we're still not convinced. If you're dubious too (or just don't like standing still), you'll be pleased to know there will be one 'up' escalator where the old rules still apply.

Image: Sean Batten

In other tube news, there are 57 tube stations that are at 'high risk' of flooding.

And have you seen this Shakespearean tube map?


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