The Minsk Tube
The tube train stopped in the middle of the way...
Though it was just for a moment, I was a bit scared.
Nothing special, but it doesn’t usually happen, so I felt uncomfortable staying underground today. I remembered a love-hate relationship mentioned in 6 minute English about the London tube... and decided to tell you about the Minsk one. We call it 'metro'. I prefer tube to buses, trolleybuses or trams, but I also have some fears about it.
I hate the doors at the entrance there. They are heavy enough, but ‘flying’ like ‘papery’ because of draught and one should care about the pervious one to hold it.
But the tube structure itself is simple: just 2 lines and 1 station where they cross. And here is another thing I don’t like. It’s the corridor from one to the other:) it is possible to change by the escalator too, but it is usually overcrowded. Actually I rarely change and rarely have to go in rush hours, so I’m lucky.
But my strongest fear is the border, it is quite deep and I always stand far from it, especially if there are a lot of people:)
Almost all stations are the same: it’s a platform with trains in the opposite directions by sides, the older stations are decorated in soviet style but with national motives and the new ones are just light. Tube was opened in 1984 and is being extended now. 6 stations were opened after 2001 and 3 more are planned to be opened in the nearest future as well as the third line.
Now we don’t have overland stations like in London or Moscow, though it would be interesting I think and not scaring when it stops:)
And what is your relationship with underground?