There are some things in life that are forehead-slappingly obvious; ideas and inventions that, once realised, you wonder why nobody had thought of them before. First Off The Tube is just such an idea: simple yet capable of saving both workers and tourists time and stress when going underground…
A work of engineering genius when running, a Sisyphean ordeal when it’s not, the London Tube carries a staggering 2.7-million passengers every day, so when it gets busy it gets very busy, and it also gets very easy for the inexperienced to miss their train or station because they either couldn’t get on or couldn’t get off in time. Even the more seasoned sub-world tube-traveller can get caught in the overcrowding trap, but for the tube tourist, the crowded commuter and the time-worried worker, this app is the answer.
Using an offline, downloaded database that’s searchable by Line, Station, Tourist Attractions and, handily, Olympic Venues, First Off The Tube will give you advanced warning of which side the doors will be opening on, which car and door is closest to the platform exit, and even which direction to leap off in once the doors open and the gap is minded to be, literally, the first off the tube.
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THE BOTTOM LINE
Pick a search option, pick a line, pick a station and pick a direction – because it’s a downloaded database there’s no delay, merely four steps to advanced info on how to alight. If you’re looking to save time and beat the rush on your daily commute to work, or you’re visiting London for a holiday or the coming Olympics, why spend valuable time as a member of the herd when you can just spend £0.99 and lead the pack?
Current version: 1.0.1
Requires Android 1.6 and up
Download the First Off The Tube app from Google Play
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