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.
I don't get how TFL expect to ease congestion at Holborn, an absolute chuffer of a station, by getting people to stand still. WTF?— Andy McElwaine (@andymcelwaine) April 18, 2016
WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS NONSENSE ⚡️ “New escalator rules at Holborn, genius or a descent into chaos?”https://t.co/PhNrs91k6z— Stan Frank (@alcoholicgay) April 18, 2016
Holborn you lazy fuckers, take the stairs!! i always run up the escaltors, can't stand standing like a lemon on those machines— Aten-Ra (@richy_inger) April 18, 2016
We took a step back today as a nation, standing on the right hand side of the escalator is what made Great Britain Great... #Holborn— AJPS (@alexsmith321) April 18, 2016
@TfL What's the point of your Holborn experiment? It's annoying, stupid and lazy. I will NOT comply!— Staysick! (@fawnknutsen) April 18, 2016
A stand only escalator in Holborn?? Dear God, you have my sympathies commuters! #nope— Becca (@BeccaCee94) April 18, 2016
As someone who never stands on an escalator, regardless of its height, I'm glad I don't work in Holborn. Having to stand would drive me mad— Dom Graham (@GuitaristDom) April 18, 2016