London is so large that visitors must learn to use buses
and the underground to get about. London taxis are too
expensive for any but the rich. You can get a map of the
underground and the bus routes at any ticket office. The
word "Underground" across a large circle shows you where
the stations are. The London underground is called the "tube".
Bus stops are marked clearly. In the suburbs buses do
not stop unless there are passengers who wish to get on or
off. These stops are marked "Request Steps".
Inside some buses you will see the notice: "Please, state
your destination clearly and have the exact fare ready." It is
easy enough to tell the conductor where you want to go to, but
not always possible to have the exact fare. The conductor will
always give you the change.
The London buses are very large. They have seats both
upstairs and downstairs. English children like to sit on the
front seats of a big London bus. They can see everything
that is happening in the streets.
Here are some of the things you may hear on a bus in
"Full up inside; plenty of seats on top."
"Standing room only."
"No, sir, this bus does not go to Victoria Station."
"You want a number 11."
"No more seats on top; five seats inside."
In Great Britain traffic keeps to the left. Motor-cars, buses
and cyclists must all keep to the left side of the road. In most
other countries traffic keeps to the right. There is heavy
traffic in London and you must observe traffic rules.
1. What must visitors of London learn? Why?
2. What can you get at any ticket office?
3. What does the word "Underground" show?
4. How is the London underground called?
5. Which stops are marked "Request Stops"?
6. What will you see inside some buses?
7. What seats have London buses?
8. Why must you observe traffic rules?