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 Friday, August 19, 2016

The TfL website has a special Facts and Figures page for data-lovers, with a definitive list of superlatives and trivia on the London Underground network.
The Tube has been an integral part of London's history for 150 years. But do you know which is the deepest station? Or the shortest journey? Find key facts and some interesting figures here.
But as of tonight London has a brand new railway system - the Night Tube. It's got its own mascot, namely Becky, the Night Tube owl. It's got its own map, including a paper version you can pick up in stations. And it's got its very own set of superlatives and trivia.

As far as I'm aware TfL doesn't have a special Facts and Figures page for the Night Tube, so I've had a go at coming up with one for myself. I've attempted to match TfL's original list, and added three more facts of my own. Please note that the data only refers to the initial Night Tube on the Central and Victoria lines, not the full five-line system due later in the year. The list may not be 100% accurate, sorry, but I have attempted to be.

 The TubeThe Night Tube
Date opened18632016
Annual passenger numbers1.34 billion0 (so far)
Length of network402km68km
Number of stations27051
Busiest stationWaterloo - 95.1 million passengers per yearOxford Circus
Annual train km travelled82.5 million km0.36 million km
Average train speed33kmh38kmh
Proportion of network in tunnels45%69%
Longest continuous tunnelEast Finchley to Morden (via Bank) - 27.8kmBrixton to Walthamstow - 21.3km
Total number of escalators423100 (estimate)
Station with most escalatorsWaterloo - 23tbc (Oxford Circus?)
Longest escalatorAngel - 27.4 metres (vertical rise)Holborn - 23.4 metres (vertical rise)
Shortest escalatorStratford - 4.1 metresStratford - 4.1 metres
Total number of lifts on the network19620 (estimate)
Number of moving walkwaysFour, two each at Waterloo and Bank0
Deepest lift shaftHampstead - 55.2 metresGreen Park - 22.8 metres
Shortest lift shaftKing's Cross St. Pancras - 2.3 metresKing's Cross St. Pancras - 2.3 metres
Step-free stations687
Station with most platformsBaker Street - 10Oxford Circus - 4
Highest station above mean sea levelAmersham (Metropolitan line) - 147 metresBuckhurst Hill (Central line) - 135 metres
Stations south of the Thames28 (10%)3 (6%)
Stations outside London162
Furthest station from central LondonChesham (Metropolitan line) - 47km to AldgateLoughton (Central line) - 17km to Liverpool Street
Longest distance between stations Chesham to Chalfont & Latimer (Metropolitan line) - 6.3kmFinsbury Park to Seven Sisters (Victoria line) - 3.1km
Shortest distance between stationsLeicester Square to Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) - 0.3kmHolborn to Chancery Lane (Central line) - 0.4km
Longest direct journeyEpping to West Ruislip (Central line) - 54.9km Hainault to Ealing Broadway (Central line) - 37.6km

Something to mull over next time you catch the 0352 from South Woodford to East Acton.


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