TFL to Ban Rucksacks on Rush Hour Tubes
Backpacks will be banned during rush hour on the Tube during morning and evening rush hour, TfL announced today.
The measure is amongst a raft of new rules brought into to ease London’s creaking transport system, others including standing on both sides of the escalator at Holborn and a one-way system at Stratford. Much maligned pulley suitcases will also be forbidden during peak hours, it has been confirmed.
TfL said ‘Tube rage’ is on the rise, and often large backpacks are ‘involved in one way’ or another in an assault. London Underground chief operating officer, Sikov Ricsachs, said: “It’s unacceptable that a bag takes priority over a hard-working passenger trying to get to get to their job.
Not only is our Tube system busier than ever, it is buckling under the weight of Eastpak, Herschel and faux vintage leather rucksacks.” Rucksacks on the Tube Are TfL right to ban large rucksacks and cases in rush hour? No way, it’s a joke Yes this is a brilliant idea Submit The new restrictions, which mimic airline carry on allowances, have been criticised as ‘draconian’ by some. Enforcement officers will check passengers luggage at Tube stations.
They will be supported by revenue protection officers who will continue to scan Oyster cards despite just witnessing a passenger swipe through the barrier.
Cambridge University engineering graduate, David Wolffe who designed a special swivelling backpack last year in a bid to solve the problem, said: “For years I’ve watched people take their backpacks off time and again to get something out, to move it out of the way on a crowded train or because they’re worried about security. I knew there had to be a better way”.