The Underground

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lubellasquee
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The Underground

Post by lubellasquee » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:36 pm

So, I’m going to central London in a few weeks with my boyfriend and his family to see a show, fun right?
Well it would be if I didn’t have to use the underground, I have an almost crippling fear of escalators to the point that I generally avoid going to London full stop and I look out for lifts or stairs in most shops.
I have been warned that I am not to panic in front of his niece, which I generally have little to no control over in that state. I have suggested stations that are closer to the theatre where I wouldn’t need to use an escalator however they have been vetoed. I wish I never said I’d go despite the fact I really wanted to see the play :(

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Re: The Underground

Post by Tom fod » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:53 pm

Sounds a bit silly and somewhat cruel to say don't have a panic then veto your suggestions of stations which you believe will enable you to avoid the escalators.
Did you have a past nightmare experience with one or have read or been told about a horrific incident?
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lubellasquee
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Re: The Underground

Post by lubellasquee » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:08 pm

I have always been a bit funny with them which kind of escalated (get it?) as time went on to the point I can’t even look at a picture of one. It hasn’t helped reading a story in a local paper about a lady falling to her death down an escalator when I was about 9 or 10. I have almost fallen down one a few years ago also.

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Re: The Underground

Post by Tom fod » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:24 pm

Ha ha :evilb:

Fact it's moving probably doesn't help. I always hesitate a little when stepping on to a downwards one.
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Re: The Underground

Post by lubellasquee » Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:31 pm

It terrifies me to no end, I constantly look at the tfl website for routes to avoid them, I only venture to the O2 and the Excel centre because they’re the only places that I know of that it isn’t necessary to use an escalator when getting the train. My foot is still janked and I’d still take the stairs over the escalators.

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Re: The Underground

Post by HelenJ » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:29 am

I went on the Underground for the first time this year and it wasn't as bad as I thought. I also have a fear of escalators, but I downloaded a brilliant app called Station Master and it tells you all the facilities that each Underground station has (stairs, lifts, etc). Most Underground stations are being made more accessible now for disabled people so you should be ok.

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