Running through the heart of London, the Central Line – which appears as red on all maps – is extremely popular. It’s the longest line on the entire network at 46 miles stops at major stations such as Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Stratford International. All London Underground routes are seen as very safe, but there is still the risk of slips, trips and falls and personal injury.
How can I make sure that I avoid personal injury on the Central Line?
The London Underground network is extremely safe, however, there are some dangers. Follow our tips to stay safe:
Before you leave:
- Plan ahead – Maps and apps are now easily available, making it easy to plan your entire journey beforehand to prevent last minute changes and the risks they may bring.
- Allow time – Minimise the risk of a trip or fall avoiding the need to hurry. Always allow for potential delays or holdups.
- Wear suitable clothing – Outside conditions are often magnified on the underground, so suitable clothing is needed. Flat shoes can also prevent slips and falls.
In the station:
- Stay to the right – Staying on the right hand side in walkways and on escalators allows quick moving passenger to pass and avoid collisions or falls.
- Stay behind the yellow line – This should always be done, and is very important when trains are approaching.
- Never stray onto the track – It can be tempting to pick up anything you may drop on the track, but don’t as it can leave you at risk.
- Follow staff instructions in an emergency – If you have to evacuate a station for any reason pay close attention to staff instructions.
On the train:
- Keep clear of the doors – Any items or body parts caught in closing doors can lead to personal injury and delays.
- Hold onto safety rails – Underground trains can move suddenly. Hold onto the rails to avoid a fall or injury.
- If ill wait for a stop – If you’re feeling unwell while train is in transit wait until the next stop where medical assistance will be quickly available.
- Never leave the train unless told to – If the train does stop and the doors are open don’t put yourself at risk by leaving the carriage.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown