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11/10/2013 08:43 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

The Tube: Don't Cross The Line

Public transport is a common method of travel by many people across the globe, yet somehow some people still haven't mastered the art of getting it right.

We have people that seem to think that they are the only one in a rush to get to a certain place, that they are the only one on the tube or that nobody around them has any transport requirements.

A London Underground user myself, I call for this disgusting behaviour to happen no more and for people to follow the Tube Etiquette - a collection of things that commuters, holiday makers and the odd tube taker have told me they find annoying.

People always seem to stand the wrong way around on a busy tube. They get told to move all the way down inside the carriage, but instead of attempting to make themselves small they stand single file shoulder to shoulder all the way along. If instead you faced forwards or backwards, more people would get on the tube.

You're standing up and you are reading. If you are able to keep your arms close to your body and your book/kindle close to you that is fine, because you aren't taking up too much room. However, if you are going to read a newspaper, do not have it fully open spread out in front of you so that a good amount of room, for two people, is wasted and unused - that really frustrates people that cannot fit on the tube.

This one mainly applies to all the men out there, but some women have been spotted doing it too. It isn't a competition to see who can sit with their legs furthest apart making the people in the seats next to you feel uncomfortable or making it difficult for them to get up/sit down. At least try make yourself compact.

Don't come up with some rubbish as an excuse to be rude or ignorant. I myself witnessed the most horrific thing the other day.

Picture the scene: It's 6pm on the Northern Line towards Morden, you manage to grab yourself a seat and it happens to be next to a middle-aged man.

At the next stop, just before it pulls into the station, he stretches his legs out and sinks into the seat.

Lots of people attempt to board the tube and he makes no attempt to move his legs. So a woman politely asks him to move them, so that herself and others could move further down the carriage without having to try and step over them.

His response "I'm sorry, I have cramp, I'm just stretching them, could you maybe step over?"

She steps over, and he says "there you go well done" (at this point I told him to stop being such a selfish sexist so-and-so but thought maybe he did have cramp).

However, if you have cramp, you don't normally stretch your leg out and not even attempt to rub it away and you certainly aren't able to go to sleep because of it.

Which he did, he proceeded to take both arm rests, put his head back and have a nap - on a busy, crammed commuter train with his legs in the middle of nowhere.

Simply do not do this, or say these things, it could cause you physical injury.

If you are sitting on a seat that is supposed to be for priority users, if you do not honestly need it then either sit somewhere else or be willing to give it up. Do not moan, groan and huff when a woman that's about seven months pregnant looks at you and asks if she can take a seat.

Consider that people are different heights. Recently I witnessed people surrounding a woman of approximately five foot tall, meaning she had nothing to hold on to and was physically falling into everybody around her. If you can let them get an arm to safety or swap with them because you are a bit taller than do so, because otherwise there could be dominoes down the whole carriage.

If you don't get a particular tube very often, don't pretend to know which side the door is going to be opening and head there to queue to get off. Because when you've moved everybody move out the way of the door and you get it wrong you are going to feel and look very silly.

When waiting to get on the tube, please follow the advice and let people get off the tube and let them do it easily by standing to the side of the door - they make that announcement for a reason - it's to speed the process up and make it safer for all.

Depending on the tube carriage some have the very ends of them covered in a cushioned seat next to the end doors and windows. These are for sitting on, to make more room for other passengers by removing the bulk of your body - they are not for resting bags or books on, because that doesn't help the tube capacity.

Should you be at a station with escalators, which most in London have, follow the rules. Either walk down the left or stand on the right, this means that people in a rush can go dashing down while everybody stands on the right out of their way. Falling down escalators hurts (trust me).

Stand behind the yellow line! I have to close my eyes as a tube approaches the platform because I see so many people right on the very edge of the platform that I get really scared they are going to accidentally fall or jump - please, save everybody else the worry, and just stand back.

Move down the platform - another bit of common advice people tend to ignore. There are so many times I have squeezed through a crowd of people at the entrance to the platform and seen the end being completely empty - guess what, the carriages are quieter at the end too.

If the tube you want to get on is too full, then don't force your way on, wait for another one. If you see people doing this, don't try force your way on - I recently waited for another tube to come along with a lady and then a man pushed in front of us both making it difficult for us to get on - but we were determined.

In result of the previous comment, don't be afraid to put people in their place or make a clear point of showing how unsatisfied you are with their manners. It will make them feel ashamed and make them think twice about doing it again, and you will get to vent that anger at a tube full of people.

Try keep the volume of your music low enough so that not everybody has to hear it. When that happens everybody talks louder and then all other noises have to be turned up so that they can be heard too.

These are all basic things but so many people seem to forget about them or choose to be too ignorant to even consider. Sort it out London, most of you on tubes are an absolute disgrace. If you can't manage to follow these simple things, that really are just a mix of common courtesy and common sense then frankly you should question whether the tube, especially in rush hour is the right place for you.