Why Does it Take so Long to Mend an Escalator?


Sun, Oct 17th, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The escalator, tells us Peter Campbell, is a device common to the everyday commuter. An while very few of us realize what it is asked of them -- they must run 20 hours a day, 364 days a year; they must cope with heavier loads (bags, trolleys and pushchairs), as well as up to 13,000 people an hour; and they must even take in account the weight of those who dutifully stand on the right, meaning that the steps are stressed unequally -- we will notice immediately differences between one kind and another. Or worse, when they fail.

"Escalator failures [...] are system failures, not acts of God. So our sour voices, unwilling to accept that these things just happen, demand to know why an escalator is not working ? and, more particularly, why it has not been working for so long. It adds mystery to irritation (surely they are eager to get things going again) when there is no sign of activity behind the blue-painted barriers which surround a stalled machine." Let Mr. Campbell take you down a tour of London's Tube and its many escalators -- some which may be working.



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