We Followed A London Tube Driver For A Day — Here’s What It’s Like
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We Followed A London Tube Driver For A Day — Here’s What It’s Like

August 11, 2019

(whimsical classic music) – My name is Jackie Moriarty, I’ve been a TFL Tube driver for 19 years. I definitely didn’t plan to be a train driver when I was growing up. I did have a bit of a railway background before I came onto the
Underground, but not as a driver. I think it’s a job that can
be completely chilled out until something happens, and then you have to react really quickly. It’s not unusual for people
to run just as the door is almost closed, and pull it back open. You see things that you
think are quite silly, but this is London, I think
we’re used to the unusual. (whimsical orchestral music) The things I enjoy about
being a train driver is we get free travel on TFL, so we get free travel on the Tube and the bus. It’s a job that you can
work around family life. With the shift system
and the systems that they have in place once you
get here, you can swap for different shifts,
so you can kind of fit the job around childcare and
any other commitments, really. Sometimes it can be a little bit isolating because you’re working alone, so I suppose that is one of the downsides of the job. (whimsical orchestral music) No two days are the same; you can have a very quiet period, then you might have a day where lots of things happen. Those days tend to go quite quickly. Any job can be boring if you’ve
done it for quite a while, but I do enjoy this job,
and I can see myself staying in this job, definitely. (whimsical orchestral music)


  • Reply ForeignAid January 6, 2019 at 1:07 am

    eaaaaaaaaaaaaaasiest job in the world

  • Reply Brian Sloth January 8, 2019 at 2:39 am

    As a pilot, I would have to say their salary is nothing for the public to complain about. Train drivers have a huge responsibility. Not just the Tube but all rail lines as well. It is well known that the two safest modes of travel are air and rail. Sure, serious incidents happen from time to time and they make the news…because they are so few and far between. The most critical period for an aircraft is during take off and landing, the rest is fairly mundane really, in a modern commercial aircraft, although pilots are continually monitoring, they do not just sit back and stare into space. The chance of an aircraft colliding with another is virtually zero during flight. Same goes for trains on rails really, although it can happen. Train drivers on the other hand have to be continually looking and checking. This is ground transport, where anything can go wrong, from people doing "one unders" at stations, (not just at Tube stations either), cars stalled or stuck at level crossings, people on tracks, the list goes on. Signals have to be observed continually, and trains have to be stopped safely at platforms, with passenger safety and comfort in mind. Whilst there may be a lot more theory required to operate an aircraft, once in the air and the aircraft is performing correctly, which is 99.9 per cent of the time, little can go wrong of an emergency nature. people cannot jump under a plane in the air, if the weather causes a rough ride that is not pilots fault, there are no vehicles blocking our route needing emergency reactions, and if another plane was a bit close there would be alarms and automatic inputs to avoid it. Trains cannot be steered, they cannot avoid objects and can take a while to stop. They have no reverse thrust capabilities like an aircraft, or flaps and rudders to steer with. only the rails.And most issues with trains are caused by the public. At airports, passengers are only a very small reason for problems. So do train drivers deserve their 50 thousand plus a year salaries. You bet. And remember, they are paying tax on their salary also. Like pilots, they want to get their passengers home safely and without incident. And to do that, it takes extensive training, (as well as involved exams) to achieve it. As for the strikes, no industry is immune from those. I think flyboy747uk's comment here sums it up fairly well.

  • Reply Jojo Gaynor January 10, 2019 at 10:52 pm


  • Reply PEACE OUT January 11, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Honestly, the Delhi metro, India, is far better than London subway,

  • Reply PortaRock1985 January 13, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Yes, I've always wanted to work for either the NYC Mta or the Boston Mbta…

  • Reply James Willson January 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Haven't they got the title of the video wrong. Three minutes and thirty three seconds isn't a day.

  • Reply _ AussieHorse January 15, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Rip bag

  • Reply Frasier 88 January 16, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Why should their family get free travel, what have they got to do with the job ? The difference when it comes to transport in the US and this shithole is this dump are a money making machine, the americans will keep fares AFFORDABLE because they know the people have to get around their city to do their business, and keep them out of their cars.

  • Reply spite lionheart January 20, 2019 at 2:32 am

    when you go off strike for one day and a camera crew decides to film you :ccccccccccc

  • Reply Matthew Tunstall January 21, 2019 at 9:36 am

    sure! when can i sign up? australia train system refused to offer me a job as a train driver!

  • Reply Telamont January 22, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I loud love to be a tube driver

  • Reply Demerrill Spencer January 24, 2019 at 12:01 am

    That's awesome

  • Reply motorman1017 January 27, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    33 years nyc

  • Reply The Rolling Bear February 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Cool video 😋

  • Reply Anthony P February 4, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    She's cute 🙂

  • Reply Xros Heart Federation February 7, 2019 at 8:05 am

    0:09 Alright!

  • Reply VzDkz February 15, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Sometimes you have a quiet day and then you have a busy day….

  • Reply Matthew Dunderdale February 23, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    vicki looks different in this one!! (bonus geek point if you know what i'm on about!!)

  • Reply Jethro Young February 27, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    One of the easiest jobs in the world for the best salary. £100K plus, gold plated pension, more annual leave than teachers, free travel on buses and tube throughout all of London, and constant strikes to demand more! All that to just pull a lever up and down occasionally, one of the greatest cons to ever hit London.

  • Reply shyam sundar March 2, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Yes I can be a tube driver. Since it was asked last in the video

  • Reply Mahid M March 4, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Working for tfl is financially. Pay rises, promotions, free travel, no stress involved and excellent final pension scheme. But all this comes at a huge cost…your social life goes down the drain. And thats the real reason why employees go on strike. The work life balance isnt really there.

  • Reply Gavin Payne March 12, 2019 at 3:42 am

    I could do it I love being on my own

  • Reply Wintergust March 17, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    I love the Bakerloo line.

  • Reply Sean Fennell March 20, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    They have realistic simulators of the newer trains at the science museum in London and they are still so easy to drive

  • Reply Luke Tully March 27, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    0:08 that guys bag

  • Reply mya w March 30, 2019 at 8:51 pm


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  • Reply nilendu dev April 3, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    0:09 his bag is stuck on the doors

  • Reply Imogen Tuttle April 5, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    I went to London for the first time in 5 years last week and underestimated the power of the tube setting off and fell into this poor man 😂

  • Reply Dr. WMD April 6, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    “Why the the bloody hell, is that driver still breathin?!”

  • Reply workers of the world, unite! April 7, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Stalking 100

  • Reply GazzaOak April 8, 2019 at 1:21 am

    downsides of working alone…. i see it as an upside to be honest

  • Reply Lauren April 8, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Wait a second… Moriarty?

  • Reply TLM April 11, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    0:08 lol

  • Reply Joe Wright April 12, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    I don't think people realise that after 6 weeks of learning the rule book you are fully responsible for your actions. If you don't follow the rules to the letter and someone gets killed due to your negligence you're going down for manslaughter. It's a huge responsibility and you are responsible for thousands of people's lives on a daily basis. One wrong move and it could be fatal. It's most definitely not stress free and you're constantly under pressure. That's why the money is so good. Say goodbye to any kind of social or family life.

  • Reply Truth Shall You Know {Keyson} April 14, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    What’s the pay like?

  • Reply Jack Sugden April 16, 2019 at 8:35 am

    Over £52,000 PA as a driver, that’s why tube fares are so expensive.

  • Reply 原湛 April 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Why not update the tube in London, and also applying AI to decrease the ticket price. Terrible gov!

  • Reply Brian Webb April 18, 2019 at 8:14 am

    She’s beautiful!

  • Reply Ross Stratford-Cavendish April 20, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Goodness me, a lady driver man. Can she steer the train alright? Can she park it properly?

  • Reply G Tekin April 20, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    That music is haunting.

  • Reply ISLAM is Satan's masterpiece - est satanique April 21, 2019 at 10:08 am

    i WANT to be a tube driver.
    i'm a train spotter!

  • Reply Devoted Cetacean April 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    When londons subway is cleaner than ours

  • Reply Ags Realistic April 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    50k for a job requiring no education, no major skills nor experience, no communication nor interaction with people… with major responsibility being to push a button?! No words!

  • Reply Mason_H April 21, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Is this Jackie from the tube series?

  • Reply Terrence Benjamin April 21, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    I did it for 3 and half years. I enjoyed it but management made it unbearable. So I went to the railroad instead.

  • Reply Parvesh V. Merchant April 22, 2019 at 2:14 am

    Nothing can beat the Tube

  • Reply Maciej Konarski April 22, 2019 at 3:45 am

    Looks at title

    Also known as stalking.

  • Reply Shark Guard April 22, 2019 at 3:52 am

    Better than reporting to a fucked up boss everyday

  • Reply Joshua Taylor April 22, 2019 at 7:24 am

    That’s stupid amount of money for sitting on your ass all day

  • Reply Victoria Windsor April 22, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Looks like a Boring Job 😴😴😴😴

  • Reply Rhodri Williams April 22, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Also remember that the price for living in London is insane

  • Reply Achilleas Labrou April 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    52,972£ annually for a Tube driver. Now I understand why the the tickets for the underground are so expensive. Now I understand why the trains and the stations of the underground are so dirty and neglected.

  • Reply Fermain Jackson April 22, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Please tell me where should I apply….??

  • Reply Satwik V April 22, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I thought the title read A day in the Life of A London Lube Driver

  • Reply Sophie April 22, 2019 at 11:12 pm

    "They will automate it within 5 years" yeah let's hope so bc London's tube is complete shit lmfao. Don't even have screen doors, quite some stations look dirty and I didn't even start on the horrible noises the metros make…

  • Reply King Jay April 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

    This is nothing compared to bus drivers and the shit they go through with the shit salaries

  • Reply Ingrid Silva April 23, 2019 at 8:41 am

    You feel forgot to ask them why they keep having strikes if they get paid so well?….

  • Reply MouldyBolog Bolog April 23, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    great seeing a lady in the front

  • Reply Abdul Bashir April 23, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Very soon driverless train & cars coming and then everyone well be unemployed because the machine has taken over

  • Reply Sanjeev Pereira April 23, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Thank you veeerry much for bringing this vedio of the train driver as at times they are taken for granted. Very appreciated about this vedio. Plzzz bring more vedios on the other train drivers and bus and black taxi london cab drivers. Brgds sanjeev mumbai india

  • Reply callum hardy April 23, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Actually looks like a nice and fun job!

  • Reply Bernadette Dempsey April 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Over paid and strike all the time!! I'm a nurse and only get £27,000! Ridiculous

  • Reply Gilo Grant April 23, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Moriarty name origin is Irish meaning navigator

  • Reply Marc Williams April 23, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    Some naive people in this comment section. 50 k a year is still absolutely peanuts in London. Why don’t you imbeciles go and vent your anger at the bankers and other white collar workers who whilst ripping plenty of the general public off are in some cases earning 50k per MONTH..!
    Leave these ordinary train drivers alone who are lets be honest on moderate wages for the capital.

  • Reply E A April 23, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    First image there. Queen’s Park. That’s a bloody nightmare. Every time trains stop there, before and after for about 10/15 min. The average journey for people living in zone 2/3 it’s a little more than half an hour. Plus the noise on the Bakerloo line Jesus.

    I shouldn’t watch this stuff when at home, it’s like PTSD or something. Now I need a whiskey!

  • Reply Kyle J April 24, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Think I found my dream job

  • Reply Meymes April 24, 2019 at 11:09 am

    But you gotta remember that £52k a year is around enough money to rent a garden shed in london

  • Reply Nishant Jain April 24, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Where is her safety belt ?

  • Reply chris 1 April 24, 2019 at 7:06 pm

    Hope she keeps the Windscreen Washer Bottle full.

  • Reply BXCS4S April 24, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    How is there a day in the life they’re barely ever there

  • Reply Steve odonoghue April 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    A three minute video? This needs to be at least an hour long.

  • Reply Roderick_playz April 24, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    imagine getting paid that much to be a driver. I'm going to london

  • Reply Echo Rebound April 24, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    It’s Moriarty’s mum!

  • Reply Calum Yeomans April 24, 2019 at 11:40 pm

    Is this when they decide not to go on strike?

  • Reply sabbottart April 24, 2019 at 11:56 pm

    52K £. That’s not a lot.

  • Reply NYCT Expert April 27, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    next do nyct transit subway

  • Reply Patrick Morrissey April 28, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Why do you Brits keep complaining that tube drivers are overpaid?? It is comparable to other major cities. NYC subway drivers make around $75,000 USD. Some commuter railroads make about $95,000. People keep saying NHS nurse get paid less. Well then your nurses are underpaid not tube drivers overpaid. Nurses here make more than Subway drivers on average.

  • Reply Mary Christmas May 4, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    It states 'most trains require little input from the driver', so why are they paid so much more than bus drivers who have to give 100 % input 100% of the time!

  • Reply Andy Chen May 6, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Isn’t that called subway in the USA?

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  • Reply Milk and Duck gaming May 7, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    0:09 oof stuck in the doors

  • Reply Karishma Palsetia May 7, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Nice and well made informative video !
    If you wanna watch a travel video of London my husband and I made. Thank you 🙂

  • Reply Red Pilled Fox May 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    £53k pa – could you be a tube driver? Err, YES!

  • Reply Lydia Davies May 11, 2019 at 9:45 am

    She didn't talk about suicides. 16 years of driving tubes and she must have experienced one

  • Reply Ahmadillo May 11, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    Over 50 grand a year? That’s actually very impressive

  • Reply William H May 12, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Commenters here complaining that tube drivers get payed more than them &that they strike too much. They get payed a living wage because they have a strong union. If you had a strong union in your workplace you would also be making similar money to them. But you’re directing your anger at the wrong target.

  • Reply Charlie Talks May 13, 2019 at 8:47 am

    Meanwhile junior doctors are getting half the salary having just completed 5 years at University med school.

  • Reply rancid May 13, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    My Dad works as a Driver on the Northern Line, and one thing he enjoys is that because of the concentration you put in can help with normal life as well, which he spends with us.

    Very fascinating.

  • Reply O E May 14, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Can't see special skills

    50k ???

    How about farmers 20k work like horse

  • Reply Buzzy Martin May 16, 2019 at 11:00 am


  • Reply Sam Y May 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Full time drivers work how many days in the week?

  • Reply borderlord May 17, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Darkness and Isolation..sounds like Heaven!

  • Reply Josephine Bennington June 11, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    The last question is Could You Be Tube Train Driver? On their pay and perks I could!

  • Reply Ubaid Gamezzz June 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Pls make what’s inside a central line pls I wanna be central line driver when I’m older

  • Reply MIO9 July 8, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    1:51 My eyes saw someone driving the train while looking away and talking

  • Reply Jaime Brown July 13, 2019 at 7:59 am

    They should follow a DLR driver next time

  • Reply GaryGamer TV July 17, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    ok the dude gets his bag stuck in the door if you get something stuck in the door then a causes delays

  • Reply Daniel Elder July 24, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Always wanted to be a train driver for scotrail

  • Reply 33kaus holokaust August 3, 2019 at 7:56 am

    Once a london tube pilot craahed his train because he got disorriented in the tunnle vision

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