With train fares in London at an all-time high, it’s not surprising that some commuters are desperate to find ways to skip the eye-watering expense of a season ticket.
One man who was alleged to have dodged train fares to London worth around £43,000 avoided prosecution by making an out-of-court settlement.
Did you know that when ABBA first performed Waterloo, they weren’t actually singing about that battle at all? In fact, the whole song is a prolonged whine about London’s busiest tube station.
OK, so that’s probably not true. HOWEVER, we can reveal that eighty eight million people passed through it’s entrance in 2012, making it the city’s most-packed and claustrophia-inducing stop of all.
In our story about CCTV cameras on the underground, we looked at which stations and lines have the most cameras, and the wider debate around the use of CCTV in the UK.
But how many CCTV cameras does your local tube station have?
They say the average Londoner gets caught on CCTV 40 times in one day, but having looked at TfL’s reply to an Freedom Of Information request about cameras on the tube network, it looks like you could easily get caught by 40 cameras making one tube journey. So what station has the most CCTV cameras, and also what tube line?
As suspected it’s the stations that are the biggest and most central that tend to have the most cameras – Kings Cross and St Pancras combined have 408. The majority of stations with the most cameras are also in zone one.
The fearsome, grinning man of Stratford station.
Presumably our readers are now well-versed in all things TFL: The tube strikes, the drivers, the buskers and all that other hum-drum stuff we have to concern ourselves with on this mortal plane.
But allow us, kind readers, to delve into something a little less, shall we say, profane and earthly – allow us to concern ourselves with that for which the London Underground is truly famed: the supernatural.
Where were the first underground stations? When did the Underground officially open? When did we first get Oyster cards? Check it all out on our digital timeline of the history of the London Underground. Continue reading