A History of the London Underground: interactive timeline

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Going Underground? Get the measure of things with our fancy graph

If you’re a true Londoner, chances are you’ll have a favourite Underground line. Whether you like it because of the colour, number of convenient Tube stations, or because said stations have hilarious names (Cockfosters seems to be the one that tickles people the most), you’ve picked a line and you’re sticking with it.

But how much do you actually know about how the structure of the Underground? They say size doesn’t matter but just in case, we’ve made a handy infographic to tell you how long each line is (in miles), and how many stops they have.

FYI, the Central line (the red one) is the longest at 46 miles, but the District line has the most stops, at 60.

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And just in case you were wondering, my favourite is the Victoria. It’s only 13.25 miles and has just 16 stops, but I love it anyway.

By Roisin O’Connor

Where does TfL spend its money?

Here’s some data I’ve located from TfL about their expenditures over £500 for the month of October 2013. The full table of data is available on a Google doc here.

Vendor Name Expenditure Account Document Number Clearing Date Amount (£)
Metroline Travel Limited Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030827 30/08/2013 £13,130,414.16
Arriva London North Ltd Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030814 30/08/2013 £12,132,748.55
London General Transport Serv Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030823 30/08/2013 £11,152,346.25
London United Busways Limited Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030825 30/08/2013 £8,394,268.09
Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd Plant & Equipment Purchases 1031/5107948980 30/08/2013 £8,353,570.35
STAGECOACH SERVICES LIMITED Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030819 30/08/2013 £8,066,895.00
LOROL Franchise/Concession Fixed Fee 1020/5107955393 11/09/2013 £8,059,644.92
Metropolitan Police Authority MPS Employment Costs SM 1002/5107931253 28/08/2013 £7,477,167.90
London Central Bus Company Ltd Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030822 30/08/2013 £7,359,495.44
CITYLINK TELECOMMUNICATIONS LTD Power PFI Equipment Costs 1005/5107952835 11/09/2013 £7,140,596.49
Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd Plant & Equipment Purchases 1031/5107948979 30/08/2013 £6,926,677.37
Metroline West Limited Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030828 30/08/2013 £6,220,748.31
Taylor Woodrow Cons BAM Nuttal Ltd Civil Engineering Construction Works 1005/5107930043 23/08/2013 £5,974,348.09
Arriva London South Limited Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030815 30/08/2013 £5,946,850.55
SERCO DOCKLANDS LTD Franchise/Concession Variable Fee 1012/5107952403 11/09/2013 £5,716,210.62
CUBIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS LTD Prestige PFI Service Costs 1004/5107941853 21/08/2013 £5,538,355.81
Balfour Beatty Rail Projects Limite Track General Maintenance 1031/5107941117 19/08/2013 £5,071,552.44
Tower Transit Operations Ltd Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030831 30/08/2013 £5,018,468.76
ABELLIO LONDON LIMITED Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030810 30/08/2013 £4,896,803.44
STAGECOACH SERVICESLTD Bus Contract Payments 1006/1900030829 30/08/2013 £4,694,600.33

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