11 of the best London Underground facts ever

If you haven’t guessed already, we’re rather fond of the London Underground. Here are 11 of the best things you could possibly know about it:

1. There is only one Tube station which does not have any letters of the word ‘mackerel’ in it: St John’s Wood. That’s about the scale of it, anyway.

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Commuters and tourists share their worst #tubeetiquette stories

Listen to Audioboo stories about #tube etiquette

Listen to Audioboo stories about #tube etiquette

Seasoned commuters will know there are many things a person should never do on a tube – you don’t take up too much space, hold the doors open, push past people, shove your bag/elbow/newspaper [delete as appropriate] in your fellow tube sufferer’s face… the list goes on.

Yet, still *some people* continue to practise this bad behaviour on the tube – so many so, we probably all know an offender, and more than likely have been the cause of the problem ourselves more than once.

Thus, I’ve created an Audioboo playlist of people’s stories about #tubeetiquette to find out what issues grind the most on people.

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CAPTURED ON CAMERA: over 15,000 CCTV cameras on the London Underground

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.

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Stories from a tube driver

What’s it really like to be a tube driver? A guest post by Andy Ross.

I started working for London Underground in June 1989, after arriving in March from New Zealand and seeing adverts for guards on the trains.

A naive 20 year old, one day I had gone to Portobello Market and when I caught the train home, the driver was a punk guy with bright green hair –  I thought if he can get a job, then so can I. 

Since then I’ve been a station supervisor, a guard, and for the last 19 years a tube driver on the Piccadilly Line.

Andy Ross tube driver

Credit: Andy Ross

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FOUND: vintage posters of the London underground

vintage London Underground postersTo most of us, traveling by tube is not the most glamourous of events, but if you look at the selection of vintage posters we’ve curated on a Pinterest board, you could easily be led to believe otherwise. We’ve picked out just a few themes that are key to promoting the tube to any respectable Londoner. Continue reading

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