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Experienced Tube commuters have been angered by new green platform markings – which they say spoil their “competitive advantage” by showing everyone where best to stand.
The trial on the King’s Cross Victoria line platform is intended to reduce congestion by urging people waiting for trains to keep the areas painted bright green free.
The green zone, which shows exactly where the train doors will stop, should then provide passengers alighting from a carriage a clear path through the crowds.
However, seasoned London Underground passengers have claimed that years of working out the optimum platform waiting spot have been rendered “useless” by the markings.
Tube novices can now instantly see exactly where to wait in order to be closest to the doors as well.
Digital sports consultant Daniel Ayers posted on Twitter: “20yrs of personal tube platform expertise and competitive commuting advantage rendered useless by some green paint.”
His tweet has been shared more than a thousand times, sparking a series of comments in agreement.
One person commented: “The only possible solution is to buy green paint and paint the entire platform green.”
Another added: “I feel your pain That was the one advantage..and now its gone (sic).”
One person said: “how annoying I had it down to a tee.” Another simply wrote “nooooo”.
Another Twitter user said: “This is a disgrace. I’m going to need to take a can of green paint to work.”
It comes after Tube users were initially baffled by the green markings, which appeared at the end of July.
A sign at the top of the escalators inside the station reads: “Please don’t stop in the green lanes. This trial aims to improve reliability and safety by reducing congestion.”
Some passengers were seen ignoring the markings, while others told the Standard they thought it was a good idea but were confused by TfL’s choice of colour.
TfL said the trial is part of plans to look at different ways of reducing congestion on the platforms at busy times.
A spokesman said: “It’s a visual cue to get people to walk all the way along the platform and to show you where the doors open. It’s about reducing congestion.
“Quite often in peak times, passengers, they congregate at the entrance to the platform. On the Jubilee line for example, you don’t have that because people wait in front of the safety barriers.”
The full findings of the trial will be published by TfL following its conclusion in the coming weeks.
The Jubilee line is currently the only line which makes it clear where the train doors will stop, due to its barrier between the platform and track.
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