Thursday, November 19, 2009

London Underground (1)

I took the Picadilly Line from Heathrow Airport to King's Cross station in London a 9 pm. The journey took more than 1 hour. The train was rather empty and less than half the seats were occupied. Every passenger was seated for the entire journey. The seats were made of soft cushion and comfortable.

The level of comfort of the London Underground beat the MRT in Singapore significantly. The MRT train is packed most of the day, even late at night. I often had to stand during the entire journey. The seats in MRT were made of hard metal.

It is costly to travel on the London Underground in London compared to MRT in Singapore. The difference is about 3 times for the same distance. But the London fare it is cheaper than taking the taxi in Singapore, for the same distance.

Another name for the London Underground is the Tube. Each station is called a Tube station. This is easier to pronounce compared to Underground or MRT. The people in London use their thinking and came out with a good name.

Tan Kin Lian

1 comment:

  1. Taking the subway in Beijing is RMB 2 which is about SGD 0.40.

    Taking a bus ride in Beijing is RMB 1 and the locals who have a card (similar to our ez link card) "pays" only RMB 0.40!



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