WHY MUST THEY BE DIFFICULT? Was always my first underground thought of the day. Because Londoners stand on the right-hand side of escalators despite the fact that they insist on driving on the left. Why? Are they really just difficult? Did they originally drive on the right-hand side? Do they admire American escalator etiquette?
Answer: They inherited the behavior from a film! Underground, the first film to use extensive footage of the Tube, “shows how the design of early escalators meant that it was important to step off with the right foot.”
Bravo to The Times for making Lindsey’s life in London impossibly easier.