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Video of the Week: A day in the life of a Tube Driver.

Posted by Emily O'Dowd on Jan 13, 2017

Making the headlines recently has underground.jpgbeen the chaos caused by the train strikes across the UK. Earlier this week, London Tubes came to a standstill and the capital lost £50 million revenue in just the one day. The most recent strike was not caused by working hours or the Night Tube, but this time a central focus was about jobs and ticket office closures. So what is a day like in the life of a tube driver? Recent figures show that a newly-qualified tube driver starts on a salary of £49,673 a year. This can rise after five years to anything between £50,000 to £60,000. SmartRail World thought it would be interesting to get an insight into the working routine of Tube drivers behind the wheel and experience what they would have to face on London's tracks. Despite the fact that they get 43 days of holiday a year and a 36 hour week, tube drivers can work up to 17 weekends in a row with unsociable hours, sat alone in the dark for long periods. London's Underground is one of the oldest, largest and busiest underground train networks in the world. This complicated system is overlooked at all times to ensure the best running of the trains. 

This video gives a brief glimpse into the life of a Tube Driver with a constant fear that somebody could jump or fall in front of their train...


SmartRail World will bring this new video feature to you every Friday! We will present an array of interesting, bizarre and informative videos for your entertainment. If you come across a video that you would like to share on our website then please send your suggestions to

Last week's Video of the Week can be viewed here: Video of the Week: What can we expect in rail by 2045?

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Emily O'Dowd

Written by Emily O'Dowd

On graduating with a degree in English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, Emily joined the editorial team. When she isn't writing articles for the website or interviewing experts in the industry she enjoys reading, running and sailing.

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