The Anonymous Widower

Feeling Unwell On The Elizabeth Line

I have made several trips on the Elizabeth Line and sometimes, I feel slightly unwell, when I get off.

Nothing serious, but I do wonder if it could be due to the depth of the tunnels.

  • The tunnels are up to 42 metres below ground.
  • I felt similar when I visited the hundred metre-deep tunnels at CERN, that I wrote about in A Visit To CERN.
  • To my knowledge, I never knew my father to take a deep level Underground train. So perhaps, we shared a genetic problem?

I also used to love flying in my aircraft at high altitudes.

Could it be the air pressure or is it psychological?

May 28, 2022 - Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | ,


  1. I have a lot of experience with higher air pressure due to depth being a mining engineer including responsability for safety without experiencing or knowing of any adverse effect. My suggestion would be either infra sound (very low inaudible sound) or vibration, both of which are known to possibly cause your symptoms.

    Comment by Ben | May 28, 2022 | Reply

    • I shall be taking my humidity and temperature meter next time.

      I don’t think it’s the trains, as I’ve ridden in them many times.

      Comment by AnonW | May 28, 2022 | Reply

  2. Well worth investigating, I should have thought. There appears to be insufficient research on the effects on the human body of travelling, especially at speed, in different environments. The body is a sensitive, though adaptable vessel, and one that was never ‘designed’ to burrow below ground or soar into the air. As Covid-19 forcibly reminded us, a person’s reaction to a threat or stimulus is highly individual.

    I have a similar problem with the Jubilee Line Extension, which I avoid travelling on at all costs. That I can pin down to the sense of claustrophobia induced by sealed platforms, overcrowding, oppressively designed stations and a tendency, at least in its early days, for trains to stop in tunnels – the claustrophobe’s worst nightmare. (I never suffered from claustrophobia UNTIL I travelled on the JLE.)

    Comment by Stephen Spark | May 28, 2022 | Reply

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