Londoners across the capital are all too familiar with the District line. Colored green on the map, it runs from Upminster in the east to Earl’s Court in west London, where it splits into five different branches, including Edgware Road, Kensington (Olympia), Wimbledon, Richmond and Ealing Broadway .
The line runs through 60 stations – most of any metro line – from zone one to six. According to UK Transport Wiki, it is the third busiest line in the underground network with around 200 million passengers a year.
Despite its apparent importance, some found the line unpredictable. A Londoner decided to determine once and for all the reliability of the service by starting a Reddit thread titled: “How unreliable is the District line really? I’m thinking of moving to Southfields.”
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The user wrote: “I currently live around Clapham Junction but am getting evicted in a few months (sale by landlord) and the rental prices are mind blowing compared to the deal I got on my current accommodation . It seems more and more likely that I will have to leave the Clapham area and venture further afield.
“I see potential in some places near Southfields station, and that would mean having the District line everywhere. Transport links are of course good, but I have heard very bad things about the reliability of District lines and the frequency of trains. I’m looking for anecdotal reviews for people who live in the area or have lived in the area and used the District line for a decent amount of time.”
The post sparked a debate with some users condemning the district’s lines and others coming to its defense. One person wrote: “I lived in Southfields for 18 months. It’s a nice and pleasant neighborhood, if a bit dull and suburban. The transportation is pretty crap and that’s the main reason I left. The area definitely feels a bit cut off from the rest of South West London due to poor transport links.
“I worked at the City and I can attest to the fact that the District line isn’t great; there were significant delays at least once a week. Also, having to wait ages at Earls Court, I once had to wait over 15 minutes for a branch train from Wimbledon. This branch of the District line also seemed to be regularly out of order at weekends which meant you had to rely on buses.
“Honestly if you’re young and don’t have a car I’d miss Southfields. It’s cheap to rent small flats and rooms around as it’s a very family friendly area with poor transport links. transport.
Others, however, disagreed. A Londoner defended the service, saying: ‘People here complain that occasional 10 minute train interruptions mean a train service is unusable despite probably still being in the top 1% in the UK in frequency terms. Either way, these issues should be resolved once the new signage system is complete.
Another added: “I work in Embankment so I usually hop on the District line. I haven’t had a problem yet since I moved last year. It’s slower than commuting from Clapham Junction but not the worst thing I’ve encountered.
A third said: “I’m fine. Sure, there’s a 10 minute gap outside rush hour, but it’s still really fast. The main issue is how much he gets hit at peak times or when Chelsea are playing…”
Others, however, remained skeptical: “It’s a joke. Do not do it.
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