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Online surveys reveal London's filthiest tubeline

A London underground train pulls into a station, where paid research has found that 121 different bacteria and mould strains exist.

Ever get the feeling someone’s watching you on public transport? Well, according to online surveys, it could be up to 121 pretty sinister beings.

Now, we all know the Underground isn’t always the cleanest place to be. Mice on the rails, a few manky-looking seats and some less than hygienic occupants squeezed in next to you. But nothing quite prepared us for an online survey report on what really lurks beneath.

Online surveys reveal sinister swab results

According to an online survey report, microbiologists collected samples from London’s public transport, to look at the invisible bacteria which inhabit the Underground, buses and taxis. And it turns out the tube is by far the most unhygienic when it comes to invisible bugs.

Using UV lighting, the London Under the Microscope project found 121 different bacteria and mould strains on our city’s public transport, after taking just 80 swabs - including 9 species of bacteria associated with superbugs. Out of the 12 superbug families identified by the World Health Organisation, London is home to some of the most threatening – including Staphylococcus Aureus, E.coli, Klebsiella Pneumoniae and Serratia.

Online surveys show which tube line is the filthiest

According to the online survey, the Victoria Line was the worst for bacteria, with 22 different types found – including four of the serious antibiotic resistent superbugs which are responsible for all sorts of nasty health niggles. But it doesn’t stop there – traces of human faeces was picked up on hand rails and across seats.

We never expected it to be spotless, but it does make you think twice about practicing good hand hygiene – both before and after using public transport.

Overall though, with over 3.5 billion people using London’s public transport every year, it’s no wonder there is a diverse collection of bacteria. Public transport bosses insist that all buses and tubes are professionally cleaned, and it is similar to any public place with such high usage.

London public transport, we still love you. You filthy little beast. Inspite of the infestations it’s still a safe and efficient way to travel. Just don’t forget your anti bac – and save your sandwich till you’ve washed your hands.

Do you commute in London? Are you surprised that the Victoria Line is the least hygienic tube? Do you ever eat on the tube and are now thinking twice? What do you think of the results? Join the discussion on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to earn extra income with paid surveys for cash at Opinion Outpost UK today.

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