Travelers on London’s tube have to get “psyched up” for their commute and crowded trains encourage a “dog eat dog, survival of the fittest’ attitude,” according to research of London Underground users commissioned by the London Assembly. Some users acknowledged normal social decorum is abandoned, refraining, for instance, from giving up seats for pregnant women or the elderly.
Eighty percent of the 716 respondents said they’d been on “uncomfortably overcrowded trains” with half saying they had been unable to board a train because it was so overcrowded. “I’m a different animal on the Tube to normal life,” said one respondent. “It brings out my worst part,” said another.
Transport for London “welcomed” the report and responded by saying that billions were being spent to increase capacity by 30 percent.