Burning Questions: What are your train travel habits? Do you have favourite seats or places to stand on platform?

This Is Local London: What are your seating or standing preferences when travelling by train? What are your seating or standing preferences when travelling by train?

ARE you a creature of habit when travelling by train or do you like to mix things up?

Today we’re asking about people’s weird or completely rational, depending how you look at it, preferences when it comes to choosing a seat or where to stand on the platform.

When I used to commute around London I always had my favourites.

At London Bridge, for instance, when travelling home from platform 4 I would always stand on a slightly darker patch of concrete just beyond the end of the roofed area as this meant I could get on the ‘quieter’ end of the train and stand a better chance of getting a seat. Once on the carriage I’d aim for a two-seater, preferably by the window and reasonably close to the door. If one or more of these options were unavailable I’d be ticked off.

I’m sure I’m not alone with having these slightly odd train travel quirks so what are yours? Do you have a certain routine that you must stick to when travelling to or from work? Does it annoy you or put a blot on your day if someone is sitting or standing in ‘your’ usual space? Or are you someone who just doesn't care and is happy taking things as they come?

Add your comments below.

The Burning Questions feature aims to resolve some of the oddities of social etiquette, settle some of life’s perennial arguments and crack some of those tricky questions with readers’ collective knowledge.

If there is an issue you’re always squabbling about with workmates or friends or something that makes you go hmmm, email me with your suggestions for future burning questions to ask.

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5:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Nsevani says...

In the summer I aim for a seat near the window facing East so that I can soak up the morning sunshine.
In the summer I aim for a seat near the window facing East so that I can soak up the morning sunshine. Nsevani

1:27pm Thu 20 Feb 14

gilarc says...

I prefer the seater seater as I have long legs - plus if i sit on a two seater i have to squeeze through everyone.

I have a daily ritual - and if someone `takes` my seat - I have to find another one like it
I prefer the seater seater as I have long legs - plus if i sit on a two seater i have to squeeze through everyone. I have a daily ritual - and if someone `takes` my seat - I have to find another one like it gilarc

5:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

madspooney says...

In the morning sunshine I always avoid the seats facing backwards on the left side of the carriage (towards London) because the sun shines through the windows but gets cut by the trees meaning I can't get my extra 30 mins beauty sleep :D
In the morning sunshine I always avoid the seats facing backwards on the left side of the carriage (towards London) because the sun shines through the windows but gets cut by the trees meaning I can't get my extra 30 mins beauty sleep :D madspooney

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