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Tube staff at Holborn just totally scrapped the 'stand on the right' rule

Isabelle Aron
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Isabelle Aron

Everyone knows that there are certain rules on the tube – keep human interaction to a bare minimum, don't be that guy who waits for the barriers to close again before tapping in, and for God's sake move down the platform. But now, staff at Holborn station have been tampering with one of the rules we'd come to consider sacred – walking on the left and standing on the right on the escalators.

If you travel through Holborn station during rush hour, you'll be well aware that it's pretty much hell on Earth. In an attempt to make it slightly less hellish, as of today tube staff are asking passengers to stand on the left AND the right of escalators. We'll just let that sink in. The idea is that making everyone stand on both sides of the escalator could actually speed up the time it takes to get out of the station, although we're not entirely convinced. It's just a trial at the moment, so the natural order might be restored eventually – but for now be warned: it's a topsy turvy world out there.

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