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London isn’t exactly a city designed with social distancing in mind.

The narrow streets, small shops and the huge population mean that maintaining even one-metre apart from others is almost impossible at times.

This is just as difficult in our massive London Underground system.

That’s why Transport for London (TfL) has had to introduce various new rules to keep public transport Covid safe.

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And among other measures, such as the compulsory wearing of face masks, this has also changed the way we travel through Tube stations.

In an effort to maintain social distancing TfL has imposed new rules on how passengers ride the escalators.

Before the pandemic, all Londoners knew that you stand on the right so those in a rush can walk or jog (depending how late they are) can pass on the left.

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But now with social distancing restrictions, you can’t exactly safely pass people on the narrow escalators.

That’s why signs have gone up in stations spelling out the new order of things.

A sign put up at Highbury & Islington station in North London

Firstly people have to stand three steps apart.

No longer can we pack together step by step.

Secondly we’re no longer allowed to pass others.

The sign from TfL spotted at Highbury & Islington Station spells it out clearly.

It reads: «Stay 3 steps apart and do not pass others at all times.»

There you have it.

The age old art of escalator etiquette has been completely rethought in the face of this new threat.

We’ve created a Facebook group for people who travel on London’s bus, rail, Underground, Overground and DLR services.

We will keep you informed about the latest news that affects your daily commute to work, as well as at the weekend.

We’ll also let you know in advance if there are any roadworks, railworks or closures you should know about, or if there are any problems on the city’s tube network.

Join the group here.

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