According to Transport for London, in an average year over 1,229 million people travel on the London Underground. That is a staggering amount of travellers and if you have ever been on the underground you will know it is almost always busy. With that many travellers passing through the underground accidents do happen, but there are several ways you can help yourself stay safe on the underground.
Minding the gap
This is most probably the most obvious point but it is also the most important one. At all stations, there is a line with the words mind the gap. This isn’t there for fun; this is to ensure you stay behind this line when trains are approaching. Especially in rush hour, each station can be packed and if you are over the line when a train approaches all it takes is a slight accidental push or trip and you could end up having a serious accident. Make sure you take notice of the ‘mind the gap’ signs and stay behind them at all times to prevent any serious slips, trips and falls.
If there’s no room, don’t try and make some
When a train pulls in and everyone is hurrying on, if you see that there are people wedged right up to the door then do not try and push your way in. If you push your way in so you are right near the door, chances are you could end up being accidentally shoved out of the train when it next stops whilst other people are trying to get off.
Avoid a slip, trip or fall by not rushing
London, by nature, is a very busy city and you always see people rushing from one place to another. This doesn’t mean you have to. Allow yourself plenty of time. Running down the stairs in the underground or along the platform could cause a serious slip, trip or fall and if you are very unlucky the serious fall could be onto a railway line. Plan your journey in advance and take your time. After all, if you turn up to your destination early there are plenty of cafes to kill some time by having a coffee.
However, accidents sadly do happen and if you have had an accident in the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to see if you could make a compensation claim for that slip, trip or fall or other accident.