Hurtling from home to office, I pay scant attention to the stations that pass in a blur on my daily commute on the Metropolitan Line. Washed up at King’s Cross on a tidal wave of bodies, my main focus is to get out of the station as quickly as possible. But unknown to most of the four million commuters who use the network every day, the tube is due for a facelift. As part of the London Architecture Festival, I popped along to the achingly trendy offices of Studio Egret West to find out what’s in store for the London Underground of the future.
Signal failures, engineering works and leaves on the track are just a few of the daily challenges that get our teeth gnashing and blood pressure boiling. Having spent many memorable hours stuck on the Met Line, a two-hour tour of the tube may seem like a strange choice for an afternoon out of the office. But love it or loathe it, life without the London Underground would be hard to imagine and compared to our predecessors, we’ve never had it so good.
How was this morning’s commute? For many, it can be the most stressful part of the day creating increased blood pressure and excessive venting on arrival at the office. However with a change of mind-set, you can transform your commute from a feat of super-human endurance into positive preparation for the day ahead. Sound far-fetched? Here are my top 5 tips to use your commute to your advantage.
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