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Whoever said London Underground use metric time? May 16, 2006

Posted by boltzmann in Uncategorized.

There’s an old joke that time on the Tube is metric – ie. there are 100 seconds in a minute. I decided to test this.

Arriving at Manor House tube station, southbound, no train was displayed on the indicator board. They only appear when they’re 4 minutes away. Eventually, of course, one flashed onto the screen, 4 minutes away. This was at 12:37:30.

I waited and waited, and the minutes (irregularly) ticked away, and eventually the train burst into the station and drew to a halt at 12:41:40. That’s 4 minutes and ten seconds.

Were these 4 estimated minutes metric, the train would have arrived in 400 seconds = 6 minutes 40 seconds. Going by this, it was two-and-a-half minutes early!

But seriously, folks. At this station, the trains come when they say they will (in general)!



1. Chelle - May 16, 2006


Reminds me of other such nonsense my end.

In the Uni bookshop the other day, they had some french reading books that I need. Labelled 3 euros 50, I thought “not bad, that’s only about £2.90!”. I was dismayed to discover that it was priced up at £6.66! Almost triple what it was worth. Now, I know they need to mark up the price to cover shopping from France, but I doubt shipping would cost twice what the book’s worth!

2. Ben - May 16, 2006

12:27:30 until 12.41.40… 14 minutes…. bring back Mussolini….

3. boltzmann - May 16, 2006


Oh dear, oh dear!

4. The Great Orme - June 14, 2006

The Underground works on a 26 hour clock.

Everything gets rebooted after 2am, and we fit 26 hours into the day.

Don’t ask me how as I’m still confused after 18 years on the job.

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