Today’s Tubespiration Example: Angel Station

Angel station, named after an earlier coaching house near the site, is also famous for a more modern form of transport: it boasts one of the longest escalators in Europe measuring some (60metres) 197ft long, and rises some 27.5 metres (90 ft,) They carry some 13,000 passengers per hour.

There are now over 400 escalators on the London Underground network.
True to London Underground’s tradition of innovation, a spiral escalator was installed in 1907 at Holloway Road station, but despite such inventiveness, more conventional linear-type escalators were favoured for the rest of the network. (A small section of the spiral escalator is now in the safe hands of the London Transport Museum at Acton Depot.)
A curious custom is that you overtake on the left. It’s not that the London Transport people had gone all Continental.

Rather it was down to the design of the earlier escalators.
Modern ‘comb’ escalators feature a right angle ending, like a straight staircase. The older ‘shunt’ escalators however featured a diagonal ending.
This meant the escalator stairway finished sooner for the right foot than for the left. Passengers would keep their left foot on a moving stairway as they stepped off with their right. Anyone in more of a hurry – and walking on the right hand side of the escalator – could take advantage of the extra section of moving stairway
For your Tubespiration! journey:

• What ways should you defy convention?
• How do you reduce inconvenience or effort in getting to your solution?
• What lengths can you go to improve customer service?
• How can you speed up bits of what you do?

 

 

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