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15 interesting facts about the London Underground

Posted by Higgypop Admin on Sun 28 Apr 2013 at 17:05

Discover 15 amazing facts about "the tube" that you probably didn't know.

1.  
London From Above
The Metropolitan line is the oldest underground metro line in the world, it opened in 1863.
2.  
Strand Station
There are 270 stations on the London Underground, only 29 of which are South of the River Thames.
3.  
London underground tunnel
The network of underground tunnels extends to 249 miles.
4.  
London Underground escalators
The Jubilee line is the deepest on the entire network at 69 meters below ground level.
5.  
Snow at Westminster Underground station
There are 64 lifts serving the Underground, the deepest shaft at 55 meters is at Hampstead.
6.  
The longest possible single journey on one train is 34 miles between West Ruislip and Epping on the Central Line.
7.  
London Underground sign
East Finchley to Morden via Bank is the longest continuous tunnel on the network at 17 miles.
8.  
South Kensington Underground Station
During the Second World War, part of the Piccadilly line was used to store British Museum treasures.
9.  
Charing Cross station
Around 55% of the London Underground is actually above the ground.
10.  
Blast doors in Embankment Underground station
During the war water-proof blast door were fitted underground at Embankment Station to stop the Underground flooding should water from the Thames find its way below ground due to damage from enemy bombing.
11.  
London Underground platform
Baker Street has 10 platforms, more than any other station on the network.
12.  
Embankment Station
The Jubilee Line is the only line to connect with all the other London Underground lines.
13.  
During the war, some stations were converted into government offices, Down Street was used by the War Cabinet before the Cabinet War Rooms were built.
14.  
London Underground escalator
The London Underground was first used as public air raid shelters in September 1940.
15.  
Stockwell Deep Level Shelter
There were 8 deep-level shelters built under the London Underground during the Second World War.

 

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