Nothing brings Londoners together quite like tutting at a clueless tourist stood on the left side of an escalator.
We pretend we’re annoyed, shaking our heads and willing for them to get get eaten by the escalator mechanism - but really, it’s a thankful moment of common ground that unites a silent, stressed-out city of strangers.
And that moment might soon be over, if TFL’s plan for a standing-only rule comes through.
They’ve been trialling the idea at Holborn underground for three weeks in a bid to improve congestion, following a similar experiment in November 2015 that reduced queuing by 30%.
But fuck stats. The people are angry, and they’ve taken to Twitter to show it.
As expected, Londoners are having absolute none of being told they can't walk up the escalators at Holborn. https://t.co/krI1MPjmAl— Richard James (@richjamesuk) April 18, 2016
Look at the poor bloke at Holborn, torn between enforcing "standing only escalators" or avoiding British awkwardness pic.twitter.com/GgziXFygiT— Matt Cox (@MatthewSMCox) April 18, 2016
Running up escalators is my training & provides an endorphin rush that calms me to enable commute in an un- enraged state. #Holborn— Ahuman (@Briesias) April 18, 2016
Standing Only escalators being trialled at Holborn Station this morning for 6 months. I'll be avoiding Holborn then!— G-Unit (@BListAtCapital) April 18, 2016