It’s a battle faced by millions of Londoners at the beginning and end of each working day. However, though the competition for a space on the underground, never mind a seat, is fierce enough for regular travellers, inexperienced tube riders could be forgiven for thinking they have stepped into another world.
The London Underground during rush hour is an environment packed with potential threats to public safety. From slips and trips on station stairs to frayed tempers causing altercations, potential causes for personal injuries are never far away.
How can I avoid slips, trips and falls on a packed Tube?
Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of emerging from your rush hour experience relatively unscathed.
The first step is to plan your journey before you take it. In a pressurised environment, it is easy to become flustered and make mistakes, which is when public accidents happen. Knowing where you are going and how to get there will give you both confidence and piece of mind. Keeping an eye on the travel information posters at each station will also keep you up to date with anything you need to know with enough time to make the necessary adjustments.
Though you sometimes wouldn’t know it, given the amount of competitive barging that goes on, it is generally considered good form to allow passengers off the train before attempting to board. If everyone stuck to this rule the train would be in and out of the station quicker, so set a good example. It also minimises the chances of suffering a trip or fall as you try and squeeze on.
Most of all, relax and don’t force the issue. Is it really the end of the world if you have to wait another three minutes for the next train? If not, then don’t take unnecessary risks.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice