The London Underground is an all-electric railway
system in England that covers much of Greater London and some neighbouring
areas. It is the world's oldest underground system, and is the largest in
terms of route length. Service began on 10 January 1863 on the
Metropolitan Railway; most of that initial route is now part of the
Hammersmith & City Line. Despite its name, about 55% of the network is
above ground. Popular local names include the Underground and, more
colloquially, the Tube, in reference to the cylindrical shape of the
system's deep-bore tunnels.
The Underground currently serves 275 stations and
runs over 408 km (253 miles) of lines. In 2004–2005, total passenger
journeys reached a record level of 976 million, an average of 2.67 million
This is a video of a journey by Tube. There is quite
a lot of walking to do before you can get on the trains. Stand on the
right side of escalators - people walk up and down them quite quickly on
the left side.
You may need to click the
play arrow twice.
Be a little patient! If you are on dial-up connection, it may take a while
Buy a one day travel card and you can ride the tube all day.
It costs (August 2006) £4.90
Click on the map to open a large version you can read easily,
hold mouse over it until the expansion button appears in the lower right of the map, and click it.