Monday 26 May 2003 8.22am
Just a few comments on the Tube after reading jac's concerns about his son using the Tube when starting secondary school in September.Whilst out and about on my travels in London 2 years ago, from my base at County Hall
, I was at King's Cross Underground, en route to London Bridge, - on my own, with 4 children. In the rush to get on the tube, my then 11 year old son got left on the platform, after the doors had closed. There was a lull of about 5 seconds, whereby I was madly trying to press the button inside the tube, at the side of the door, for them to open, but they failed to do so. I shouted through the door to my son to wait on the platform for me to return, but he started crying hysterically, as I sped off down the line.My distress worsened, when the train just went straight through Angel, meaning that I had to wait until the next stop, before making my way back.
It was a nightmare, but to my amazement, my son told me that a member of the Underground staff immediately approached him and took him to the Control Room, where he saw other stations on the televisions.He watched me stuck at the other station panicking like mad. The staff gave him a drink and reassured him until I got back. The moral of the tale is that there is some good out there on the London Transport, but the kids themselves need to know what to do in all situations when in London. ie trying to keep calm, mobiles (remembering to charge them up !!), avoiding dodgy types, trying to find a member of staff etc. I go through all these scenarios with the kids and am amazed at how streetwise they can be taught to be !!! - Hope this helps jac !!