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The seats on seven London Underground lines are never washed

By Stephanie Hartman

Apologies in advance to the majority of you who’d rather not think about the levels of filth floating about in the tubes you board, but we’ve got new figures to share with you, and they ain’t pretty!

Responding to a Freedom of Information request, TfL has recently revealed that seats on seven of the tube lines never get washed with shampoo. Those using the District, Circle, Northern, Piccadilly, Hammersmith and City, Jubilee and Metropolitan lines, you’re in for a dirty ride. The only lines to get a little scrub are the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria lines, and even they only get shampooed every six months to a year.

If that’s brought you out in a cold sweat, find solace in the knowledge that carriages get a basic clean every night, seats are hoovered regularly, and covers are replaced if soiled. The floors get a sweep and the poles a spot clean every night, and mopping takes place every two to three days along with a thorough wipe down on the poles.

A TfL spokesperson said: 'We’re committed to providing the best possible service on London’s transport network.

'Although cleaning regimes vary across the Underground, each line has a rigorous cleaning schedule in place, for both the interior and exterior of the trains, to provide a pleasant environment for our customers.'

Still, maybe getting a seat on the tube isn't that appealing after all. 

A few years back, Time Out set out to find out how clean the tube was. Watch the dusty results below:

In other underground news, Tube passengers are exposed to 'eight times more pollution than motorists'

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