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England Travel Tips 
Discover the Real England   



  By Mike Valeriani
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London Underground Control Panel


The London Underground is by far the best way to travel around the capital city of England. It is the world's oldest underground system and the most expensive to use.

In 1854 an Act of Parliament was passed approving the construction of an underground railway between Paddington Station and Farmington Street via King's Cross, which was to be named the Metropolitan Railway.

The idea of creating an underground railway to connect the City with the mainline terminals had first been proposed in 1830, but it was not until 20 years later that the idea was taken into consideration as a solution to traffic congestion, which was then caused by hundreds of horse driven carriages.

The first section was opened in 1856 and since then building has never stopped.

It is in constant evolution and expansion. It now comprises 13 lines, 470 Km of rail and 380 stations. Some more numbers for you: there are a total of 412 escalators, 23 of which at Waterloo Station alone. The longest escalator spans 197 feet at Angel Station. The network trains carry 1.073 million passengers per year, or about 3 million per day. The deepest tunnel lies 221 feet below ground level.

London underground station.There are 122 lifts in place and the deepest one is at Hampsted Station, which goes down 181 feet. 13.400 people work underground.

Moorgate Station holds the record for the number of platforms, having 11 of them.

The busiest station is Waterloo, with 51.100 passengers entering the station in the morning rush hour period of three hours from 06:00 to 09:00.

Visit Transport for London (TfL) website to have more information on moving around. The best ticket a tourist can buy is an Oyster Card.

London Underground fares are very expensive, but with an Oyster Card you will only pay up to the price of a Day Travelcard, regardless of how many times you travel in a day.

It also works on all buses and some over ground trains. To obtain an Oyster Card you must apply at any tube station.

It costs a variable deposit, plus any money that you put on it. You can get the deposit back once you will return the card upon your departure.

Journey Planner

Many people keep it as a souvenir, but it is an expensive souvenir and it might be expired the next time you will return to London. So get your money back... you can always get another one. Oh, I forgot to mention that they give it to you immediately when you apply, there is no waiting.


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London Underground Real Map:

London underground real map.



London tube map of 1908

This is a London Tube map of 1908




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