Top Ten Tube Travel Tips

The unoffical guide to using the London Underground


Tip 07: Don't just stand there

Top Tube Travel Tip seven diagram, showing people standing at the top of escalators in the way of those coming up behind them and stopping from getting them off

Escalators, stairs and ticket gates all seem to make certain people suffer from a sudden inability to walk.

Just because you've got to the top / bottom of some stairs or escalators, just because you've got through a ticket gate doesn't mean you should stop and stand there like a lemon.

If you desperately need to stop while the world re-aligns in your vision, then step to one side so you're not blocking the way for your fellow travellers.

This tip even applies to those people who have wheelie-bags and need to extend / retract their handles. There is no need to do it while you're in people's way, even if you are as fast as a quick-draw-mcgraw. Just one step to the left or right would save you and those around you so much grief.

About Top Ten Tube Travel Tips

All too often using the London Underground Tube system proves to be a frustraighting experience, both for seasoned users and new users alike (ironically the frustraition of the seasoned users is usually caused by the new users and vice versa).

This website was created to let new users in on some of the unwritten rules of travelling by tube (and to gently remind any seasoned users who care to listen that these rules should still apply to them too)

Admittedly most of the tips seem like common sense, but then it would also seem that most tube users are lacking in this department. Hence the site, the tips, and the hope that you will pay heed to what is written here.