15 Things You’ll Only Know If You’re a Commuter In London
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1. It is perfectly normal to spend £1500 every year just to get to and from work.
2. And every new year starts with the good* news of yet another price increase.
*really, really not good.
3. If ‘TFL Live Updates’ tells you that the bus is due, it’s going to be at least another 10 minutes.
Unless you’re running late, in which case it will arrive exactly on time.
4. Realising the difference a mere two seconds can make when it comes to getting the tube.
Which is probably why you’ve become an expert at running up and down moving escalators.
5. The sheer joy of jumping onto the train just as the doors are closing.
6. Feeling as though something has gone horribly wrong if your Southern Rail train is actually on time.
7. The pain of making it all the way to the door of the bus only for the driver to heartlessly leave you behind.
8. But then getting annoyed when another driver actually waits ages for a passenger who’s in the same situation.
9. The real peak time is around 3.15pm.
I'm on the top deck of a London bus surrounded by school kids and sitting in direct sun. I think this might be the end of me
— hannah (@hannahjstorey) July 1, 2015
10. Both loving and hating the lack of actual service information on the tube.
— Jonny Marshall (@jonnymarshall3) January 7, 2015
11. The best place to sit on any public transport is at the front of the DLR.
So that you can pretend to be driving it 😏
Definitely didn't push a kid out of the way to sit at the front of the DLR pic.twitter.com/y1TI61wWol
— Robin Edds (@robinedds) August 20, 2016
12. If you didn’t have personal space issues before, you will do after travelling on the Central Line at rush hour.
13. Actually feeling like your heart’s about to stop when you can’t find your Oyster card.
14. Regularly wondering why you put yourself through so much stress every day.
15. Especially when you realise the average Londoner spends 30% of their net income on commuting.
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