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Jubilee Line - just make alternative travel plans on the weekend
Member Name: grey0220
Advantages: Clean, bright, gets you from east to west in under 20 minutes
Disadvantages: Always bl**dy shut on the weekends
The Central line was my first-ever experience of the Tube. Having come down from Oxford on the coach for a job interview, I was swept into Marble Arch station, eastbound towards Canary Wharf. The journey from Marble Arch to Bond Street (unbeknownst to me, a short 5 minute walk away from one another) at 9 in the morning, in my finest suit, was harrowing and sweaty. Emerging from that journey, I scrabbled onto the Jubilee Line, and was literally awed at how different the two were - disembarking at Canary Wharf only reinforced this impression.
The Jubilee line is the youngest line and it shows - the cars are bigger, brighter, and cleaner. The service is almost patchy and at times non-existent. Living in South Quay, every weekend we're faced with the option of either confining ourself to the east (walking up to Limehouse or down to Greenwich) or paying a premium for a taxi west (we tried the DLR bus service once - took us 45 minutes to get to Bank), as the Jubilee line is always at least partly 'down' due to, that oft-mentioned phrase, 'engineering works'. Growing pains, I suppose!
Come Monday, however, it almost always works like a dream! No complaints there.
Summary: Great for the commute; awful for downtime
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