Tube geek (27)Borough How many tube stations are there in each London borough? Lots. Or maybe none.
Westminster (30); Brent (20); Camden (17); Hammersmith & Fulham, Hillingdon (15); Ealing (14); Barnet (13); Kensington & Chelsea (12); City of London (11); Harrow, Redbridge (10); Islington (9); Hounslow, Lambeth, Tower Hamlets [Essex] (8); Southwark (7); Haringey, Newham, Wandsworth (6); Barking & Dagenham, Merton, [Herts] (5); Enfield, Havering, Waltham Forest (4); [Bucks] (3); Hackney, Richmond (2); Greenwich, (1); Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Kingston, Lewisham, Sutton (0) (This is an updated, hopefully now correct, version of a list which first appeared in Tube Week 2003)
My borough-by-borough list perfectly sums up the inequitable geographical spread of the tube network. Westminster, not surprisingly, fares the best. All of the top eight boroughs in the list are to the north or west of the capital (along an approximate Metro-land-ish axis). Meanwhile all but one of the bottom nine boroughs in the list are to the south of the Thames. Six of these southern boroughs have absolutely no tube stations at all (although Lewisham used to have two until the East London line changed hands). Hackney's the most glaring exception to the north-south rule with a mere two tubestations, both of which are located unhelpfully on the borough boundary. But otherwise this may be the true reason why the river's so important on the tube map - it divides the haves from the have nots.