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 Tube The Night Tube Date opened 1863 2016 Annual passenger numbers 1.34 billion 0 (so far) Length of network 402km 68km Number of stations 270 51 Busiest station Waterloo - 95.1 million passengers per year Oxford Circus Annual train km travelled 82.5 million km 0.36 million km Average train speed 33kmh 38kmh Proportion of network in tunnels 45% 69% Longest continuous tunnel East Finchley to Morden (via Bank) - 27.8km Brixton to Walthamstow - 21.3km Total number of escalators 423 100 (estimate) Station with most escalators Waterloo - 23 tbc (Oxford Circus?) Longest escalator Angel - 27.4 metres (vertical rise) Holborn - 23.4 metres (vertical rise) Shortest escalator Stratford - 4.1 metres Stratford - 4.1 metres Total number of lifts on the network 196 20 (estimate) Number of moving walkways Four, two each at Waterloo and Bank 0 Deepest lift shaft Hampstead - 55.2 metres Green Park - 22.8 metres Shortest lift shaft King's Cross St. Pancras - 2.3 metres King's Cross St. Pancras - 2.3 metres Step-free stations 68 7 Station with most platforms Baker Street - 10 Oxford Circus - 4 Highest station above mean sea level Amersham (Metropolitan line) - 147 metres Buckhurst Hill (Central line) - 135 metres Stations south of the Thames 28 (10%) 3 (6%) Stations outside London 16 2 Furthest station from central London Chesham (Metropolitan line) - 47km to Aldgate Loughton (Central line) - 17km to Liverpool Street Longest distance between stations Chesham to Chalfont & Latimer (Metropolitan line) - 6.3km Finsbury Park to Seven Sisters (Victoria line) - 3.1km Shortest distance between stations Leicester Square to Covent Garden (Piccadilly line) - 0.3km Holborn to Chancery Lane (Central line) - 0.4km Longest direct journey Epping 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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