London Underground: A Journey Through the Lifeblood of London

by Charlotte Smith
London Underground: A Journey Through the Lifeblood of London

If you’ve never been to London before or you didn’t get the iconic Tube while you were there – you’re missing out.

As London’s lifeblood, the Tube has so much to offer and so many stories to tell.

So, if you’re thinking of booking into Central London Apartments, here are some cool facts about the transport you can take to find your way around London:

The Tube in a Year

Every year, the Tube welcomes over 1.35 billion passengers, taking them around its 402km network of underground and overground lines. The average train travels 83.6 million kilometres per year, travelling at an average speed of 33kph.

The Longest Tunnel and Journey

If you want to travel through the longest tunnel the Tube has to offer, you’ll want to head to the Bank line and travel from East Finchley to Morden. This covers 27.8km.

However, for the longest journey on the Tube, you’ll need to move across to the Central Line which travels from Epping to West Ruislip. This takes you just under 55km across London.

Furthermore, the longest distance between two stations is on the Metropolitan Line between Chesham and Chalfont & Latimer (6.3km), while the shortest distance (0.3km) is between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the Piccadilly Line.

The Steps, Lifts and Escalators

Because you’re travelling so deep underground a few steps and escalators are to be expected for your journey. However, you might be surprised to know that 78 of the stations are step-free. Across the network, you’ll also find 188 passenger lifts and 440 escalators.

Which station has the most escalators?

Waterloo with 23.

The Busiest Stations

Last year, King’s Cross St. Pancras was revealed as the busiest London Underground station, seeing a whopping 97.9 million passengers pass through its entries and exits in 2017. This was closely followed by Waterloo which had 91.3 million. Oxford Circus came third (84.1 million), Victoria fourth (79.4 million) and London Bridge fifth (69.1 million).

Other stations in the top ten are Liverpool Street, Stratford, Bank and Monument, Canary Wharf and Paddington.

Other Fun Facts

Finally, to finish, here are some other fun facts about the Tube that you might not know:

  • Don’t be surprised if you see slow worms, great crested newts, grass snakes, bats, sparrow hawk, deer and woodpeckers on your journey as they have all been spotted across the network.
  • Every day, 47 million litres of water is pumped out of the Tube.
  • The London Underground was opened in 1863.
  • The first baby born on the Underground was in 1924 on the Bakerloo Line at Elephant & Castle.
  • Talking of babies, during World War II, Jerry Springer was born at East Finchley when the station was being used as an air raid shelter.
  • Busking has been a licensed activity on the Tube since 2003 (Paul McCartney and Sting are both said to have done this in disguise at some point).

These are just some of the many facts about our iconic London Underground system, with new adventures and stories being created every day. Where will the Tube take you?

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