How commuters are reacting to the Holborn Tube standing-only escalators

 
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This morning Transport for London began a full trial of its standing-only rule for escalators at Holborn Tube station.

Instead of the usual system, where people who want to stand do so on the right hand side, leaving the left hand side free for those who want to walk up, commuters are being encouraged to stand on both sides.

The six-month trial comes after a short pilot, where just one escalator was adopted for the new approach, which TfL said was encouraging. It is aimed at reducing crowding and congestion in the rush hour.

So how is the first day panning out?

In short, not well.

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