And number one isn't the Bakerloo line
Don’t you just love getting a bit of insight into your daily commute? We know which one is the dirtiest tube line in London, and which ones are the hottest, and now a new survey has revealed which lines are the most stressful.
And in case you were wondering, the not-so desirable top spot doesn’t go to the Bakerloo line, or the Metropolitan line.
Nope, the most stressful one is the Central line, which incidentally is the second hottest line in London, which may explain why it’s so stressful to be honest.
The study, by Virgin Active, found that two thirds of the population admit that their daily journey is the main cause of their stress over and above their career, family life and even politics. People struggling most with their mental health in the capital are the ones who must commute into the city.
It also found that where you lived in London impacted your mood too, with South Londoners being the most stressed (36%) compared to their Northern (22%) and Eastern counterparts (21%).
Why? If you live south of the river you are more likely to experience the greatest delays and cancellations on trains, causing utter misery and frustration. The benefits of living in Zone 1 are clear – the closer we live to Central London the more relaxed we are with much shorter commuting times.
Here are the top 10 most stressful tube lines
- London Overground
- Hammersmith & City
But it’s not all doom and gloom, because the same research found that exercising could be really beneficial to combatting stress: 80% are turning to physical activity to help blow off some steam, with one third taking up boxing (like Punch, Virgin Active’s new class).