If you travel in East London, this is a view you've probably seen a thousand times. But, unless you work for London Underground, you probably haven't seen it from quite that angle. It's is a tube driver's view from Aldgate East to Barking, and London Underground has just found out that drivers have been filming these videos and posting them to YouTube. Understandably, they're a bit worried.
Our search on YouTube for "london underground driver view" came up with twelve videos. Some are quite arty and are set to music, and they vary in length from 26 seconds to almost ten minutes. And all were filmed by drivers of tube trains, presumably while they were working.
London Underground doesn't think it necessarily poses a risk for drivers to be filming these videos as they drive around the underground system, but a spokesperson says that it's 'not the kind of behaviour we expect from drivers.'
Drivers caught in the act of filming will be reprimanded and could face disciplinary action. And, if other commuters are like Christof Delin, the tube passenger who found the videos on YouTube and reported them, then they may find they have less passengers on their trains:
If I see a driver recording when a train passes through I'm not going to go on that train. I'll wait for the next one because I feel the driver isn't focused and not doing what he should be doing.
He may be on to something there.