Unmasked: Victoria Line Tube driver bringing Londoners pleasure together with his singing



he Tube driver behind now notorious Victoria line practice bulletins has been instructed to “settle down” by TfL administration after going viral for bringing a smile to Londoner’s faces.

Twitter consumer Katie Pennick revealed that when she took her final journey on the Victoria Line issues took a flip in direction of the surreal when the driving force began to make bulletins over the tannoy.

Taking to Twitter, she shared a video of the hilarious announcement, alongside the caption: “Driver of the Victoria Line practice I’m on has gone totally rogue.

“Has turned off bulletins and doing them himself.”

That driver Aklaqur Rohman, 55, has labored on the London Underground for 22 years after graduating to grow to be a Tube driver in simply seven years.

Talking from an RMT picket at Seven Sisters on Friday, full with lamb chops, BBQ and reggae music blasting behind him, Mr Rohman went via his oeuvre together with Extra Than A Feeling – his favorite at any time when he passes via Boston Manor.

Commuters make their approach to catch buses exterior Victoria underground practice station

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On his fame after going viral on social media, he mentioned: “I like seeing Londoner’s reactions it makes my day seeing them smile.”

He mentioned his household, together with his two younger daughters, don’t suppose he is a good singer however that gained’t put him off.

“I’m not good, I’m not going to win X Issue however I’m passionate”, he laughs.

He just lately transferred to the Victoria Line giving him a possibility to check out some new materials. The Bangladesh native mentioned he had been “slapped on the wrist” by administration for breaking TfL’s code-of-conduct together with his use of puns, singing and trivia as an alternative of official bulletins.

“My favorite one to do is sing the nationwide anthem by Inexperienced Park as a result of it’s near Buckingham Palace.

“However then I change it midway via to a different Queen and pump out ‘I Wish to Break Free’ earlier than I open the doorways.”

On going viral, he mentioned: “I’m getting emotional. I was bullied as a younger child in school, I’m uneducated, I obtained unhealthy outcomes. All my cousins and kinfolk are docs, attorneys and solicitors.

“After I went viral it made me completely happy. I wished to be one thing in life.

“My eldest lady was like ‘wow’. However my spouse was giving me soiled seems, I mentioned ‘don’t fear I’m simply having enjoyable with the shoppers’.”

He mentioned administration have instructed him to “calm it down, a bit” however he says adrenaline usually takes over.

“I attempt to not do it within the mornings when everyone seems to be depressing however off-peak issues are completely different,” he says.

On the strikes, Mr Rohman mentioned: “The occasions are onerous. Quickly I’m going to need to take a second job stacking cabinets to maintain up with the payments and lift household.

“I don’t wish to retire. I wish to do that job till the day I die.

“Someday driverless trains will occur, it’s inevitable however till then there’s no level stressing.”

He spoke as round 10,000 members of the RMT union are staging a 24-hour walkout in an ongoing dispute over jobs and pensions, whereas 1,100 members of Unite union are hanging on the Underground, Croydon Tramlink, and Victoria coach station.

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