Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mind the gap

After being jammed in yet another transportation issue I thought it time to vent my frustration and confusion at the systems we have and use daily.

Car
number of seats = number of passengers (4) , no one is allowed to stand.

Aeroplane - Boeing 747
number of seats = number of passengers (366) , no one is allowed to stand; but once in air standing is possible - (you also have to listen to safety instructions!)

Bus
number of seats = number of passengers (40) + standing room for around 18 more passengers, sitting or standing optional. (no safety instructions)

Double Decker Bus
number of seats = number of passengers (80) + standing room for around 32 more passengers, sitting or sanding optional. (no safety instructions)

Train - EUROSTAR
number of seats = number of passengers (766) - no standing, but movement is permitted (no safety instructions)

Metro / Tube / Subway
number of seats = number of passengers + standing for as many as you can fit until the doors no longer close! sitting is rarely an option. (no safety & no instructions, except please MIND THE GAP)

So basically my question is this why is this permitted, allowed or accepted?
If the need is so great then surely we should be able to travel in comfort and safety, because I'm sure if there was a problem at peak times on the Metro/Underground/Subway, there would simply be no safe way in or out of this system, and bodies would be piled on top of each other.

How much longer do we put up with this - answers on a postcard to your relevant MP

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