Wednesday, March 07, 2012
In Praise of... The Tube
BBC Two are currently screening a documentary series on the London Tube system: The Tube.
What a fabulous programme!
Many travellers are so badly behaved you really do think that people lose their humanity when they go underground. Disillusioned migrant workers - who came to work in the UK for a better life - find their days filled with cleaning the vomit and mess that is left by travellers. No thanks or apologies provided.
But not all the staff are despairing of their customers: one bright and cheery chap at Warwick Avenue station seems to be dedicated to making an engaged smile with passing travellers. Dedicated teams deal with the trauma of 'one under' (Tube-system speak for someone under a train - rarely with a good conclusion) and somehow still keep going: I wonder if they get the same sort of access to counselling that drivers are offered.
It's a great insight into one of the world' great transport infrastructures and the people who keep it going. Brilliant stuff.