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London Underground commuters share 'horror journey' after being evacuated by armed police in darkness

MyLondon logo MyLondon 25/11/2021 Rory Bennett

Taking the tube can be a stressful experience at the best of times with huge crowds, loud lines and enclosed spaces all adding up to a claustrophobe's worst nightmare.

Panic attacks on particularly busy lines are not uncommon and with the tube acting as a gathering point for every variety of Londoners sometimes tension can build when someone is acting strangely.

Londoners have shared their “scariest tube experiences” and many just go to show the paranoia the underground can make people feel, while others are case studies for why some people would rather avoid the transport system entirely.

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Posting on the London Reddit page the original poster asked: “What was your scariest tube experience (supernatural or not)?”

The poster added two of their own experiences with one being something every Londoner can relate to.

“A guy came on and tossed his bag in the middle of the standing area near the tube doors and stood far from it. I mean I usually see people leaning their bags against the wall so what he did made the backpack look suspicious af.

“He then started looking up and down the carriage multiple times. A girl sat next to me stopped reading, kept observing him and the backpack and got off at the next stop.

“Body language tells me it wasn’t her stop to get off yet because she hesitated when the doors opened before getting off.”

A half empty tube carriage on the District line. © DAILY EXPRESS A half empty tube carriage on the District line.

Indeed many commenters had stories similar to this, with the memory of various terror attacks, particularly the 7/7 bombings still causing many on public transport in London a lot of anxiety.

Quite often these moments of panic are resolved to the relief of everyone on the carriage.

One commenter shared a similar experience but with a fairly lighthearted conclusion: “I’ve got a great one, this story takes place a few weeks after a terror attack…

“I’m heading from Hamley’s to China town and at one stop a chap gets on with quite a few shopping bags, he then leaves with his bags a few stops later except one small plain white bag.

A man stood opposite me peers into the bag, he makes eye contact with me.

“He then gasps and turns white, at this point I’m sweating. This man then comes a bit closer to me as I’m counting down until the doors open so I can sprint off the carriage.

“As I prep myself to run he stands next to me and says…’That poor man forgot his candle!’

“Never been so relieved in my life.”

Fearing attacks is not always unjustified, however, as another commenter shared their experience of a harrowing event at Green Park station that made national headlines.

In what must be every Londoner's actual tube-based nightmare the commenter was caught up in a violent incident on the jubilee line.

Back in 1925 the offences committed on the Tube were shared weekly across the Underground to deter others © Mark Makela/Corbis via Getty Images Back in 1925 the offences committed on the Tube were shared weekly across the Underground to deter others

“On one of my first tube journeys after restrictions were relaxed in July, I was evacuated from Green Park station by armed police.

“It was this guy - https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/london-underground-tube-stabbing-jubilee-line-b1881550.html . I didn’t see him, but I think he was on my train. The train was waiting at the platform for ages, then the lights went out, and TfL staff and armed police shouted at us to get out immediately.”

The link leads to an article about a knife attack that took place last July, where a man chased people down the tube carriages with a foot-long machete.

A large part of the anxiety centring around the tube seems to be a fear of attacks if the Reddit thread is anything to go by, so to be caught up in the middle of a real incident must have been utterly terrifying.

Responding to other concerned commenters the redditor said: “I was certainly shaken at the time - I got out of the station and I didn’t look back. Lucky it was a warm evening to walk home. Maybe it’s silly but I still do a double take if I’m at Green Park.”

It is important to remind people that although violent crimes and even terrorist attacks take place on public transport in London it is exceedingly rare and very unlikely to ever affect the vast majority of people.

Despite this incidents like the one at Green Park will continue to instil fear and paranoia in many tuber goers.

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