hey every one, One of my best friend is always scared of Escalators she cannot use them even in a shopping mall.
But now she has to travel by tube train to London. she is worried that she cannot use the escalators. is there any advice I can give her?
will there would be Lifts/stairs for her to use? pl give some advice.
There might be stairs, I've never seen any lifts except at the railway stations at airports.
Hmmm well i was on the escalators about half an hour ago my advice is don't look at the stupid video screens playing adverts, the angle of the escalator made me feel sick whilst trying to read them
If you can plan your route at stations with the wheelchair symbol in the dot, it means they have step-free access. Jubilee line is generally good for that. There are stairs at quite a few stations, but it isn't usually marked if there or not.
Just out of interest, what is the actual fear? I would think being stuck underground is more scary, or when it's jam packed in the train.
Russel Square also has lifts instead of escalators. Some stations have both options, but most just have escalators. My friend is so terrified of tunnels/lifts etc she has never been on the underground and swears she never will.
I also have a fear of escalators. It stems from when I was very young I slipped on some stairs (the type that don't have a 'back' to them) and got my foot stuck through it. I panicked and it made me worry whenever I had to use stairs like that, I worried with escalators as well that I would slip on them (esp the ones that seem pretty quick, and when you put one foot on it moves before you have the second foot on!) Anyway, I know a lot of people think it is silly! But try as I might I still struggle with them. I am now a lot better with stairs (esp been as I had to use stairs like that every day at college!) But I still don't like escalators, I end up standing at the start of them and struggling to step on them, people build up behind me and start pushing a bit and I panic even more. Vicious circle really.
Anyway, just thought I would explain that I do understand!! There are some stations that have lift access (shown on the tube map with a wheelchair sign). But they are the only ones you can be sure have a option other than escalators. Some stations have escalators and stairs, but you can't tell which ones. Def try and avoid rush hour to start with, makes it all 10 times worse!! I don't know what it is that your friend struggles with about escalators, but my worst bit is stepping on them. Which I actually find much easier on tube ones than ones in shops etc. They have a flat run to start with for a few steps and then go up/down. Rather than changing to steps straight away. So I find if I walk straight at it I can walk on to it normally and then readjust my feet so I am stood on a step and then just wait and walk off at the end. Rather that having to step on a step straight away. Does that make any sense?!? Another thing, make sure your friend is aware of standing to the right, it can be very abrupt to non-londoners if you don't realise and suddenly find someone running towards you!! Is there anyone who can go with her the first time so she knows what they are like down there?