TfL is now well into its controversial six-month standing-only escalator trial, which launched in April. But is anyone actually following the new rules? Apparently not. They've tried painting blue footprints on both sides of the escalators, putting up 'helpful' signs reminding people to 'keep standing', and they've even installed a creepy hologram at the bottom of the escalator, which politely asks commuters to follow the new rules.
But now they've brought out the big guns, in the form of a singing hologram. Yep, that aforementioned creepy hologram is now all singing and all dancing. Literally. In an attempt to keep unruly commuters in line, the hologram is blasting out renditions of 'I’m Still Standing', 'Stand By Me', and she's even changed the words from 'Last Night A DJ Saved My Life' to 'Last Night Standing Saved My Life'. And that's not all, the electronic signs on the escalators now display standing-based puns, including 'put your foot down', 'take a stand' and 'united we stand'.
Unsurprisingly, the new singing hologram has had pretty much zero impact on commuters, aside from making them even more wound up about the whole thing:
Poor mad Holborn Station Hologram, today shouting "I stand, therefore I am!" & singing bits of "I'm Still Standing". pic.twitter.com/GwdSETIPlb— AKA (@_AKA_) 3 June 2016
Is it just me or has the hologram lady at #Holborn station developed a bit of sass in the last week?— Shane Canning (@shanemcanning) June 3, 2016
The awful "Im still standing" rendition by a hologram at Holborn tube station needs to not happen @TfL— Jasper Morgan (@Jasper_Morgan) June 3, 2016
The Holborn escalator hologram crazy lady is now telling jokes and puns around standing. It's a new hell.— Trevor Ubdegrove (@Trev71_MUFC) 6 June 2016
The hologram lady at Holborn is completely terrifying.— Lucy Vine (@Lecv) 1 June 2016
Hopefully, bringing out a singing hologram means that TfL is now all out of ideas and this hellish experiment will soon be over.