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25 Things You Never Knew About The London Underground
1. The Underground symbol is called 'the roundel'
2. Baker Street station has 10 platforms, the most in the network
3. There are 5 London Underground stations outside the M25
4. The Oyster card and touch-in ticketing system was introduced in 2003
6. Waterloo has 23 escalators, the most in any station on the tube network
5. Annually, Waterloo Station receives around 82 million visitors
7. Around half a million mice claim the tunnels of the London Underground as their home
8. The journey between Covent Garden and Leicester Square is only 20 seconds, yet one of the most popular tourist journeys
9. Approximately 50 passengers per year commit suicide on the London Underground, yet the only station with platform barriers is the Jubilee line
10. The tube map represented geographically is a swirling, curving, flowing mixture of lines
11. The art project ‘The Animals Of The Underground’ started after Paul Middlewick spotted an elephant among the lines
12. Hampstead is the deepest station below sea level
13. Around 60% of the time, the underground is actually over ground!
14. The Northern line introduced the famous ‘Mind the Gap’ tannoy in 1968
15. The total distance of the tube network is 242 miles
16. You experience the fastest trains on the Metropolitan line
17. Roding Valley is the least used station on the network
18. Three babies have been born on the Underground, the most recent in 2008
19. The Victoria line opened in 1969 and to commemorate its opening, Queen Elizabeth II travelled on the tube and became the first monarch to do so
20. The network services 270 stations
21. Stratford station has the shortest escalator at only 4m. Stratford station recently stole the title of shortest escalator on the London Underground from Chancery Lane
22. Angel has the longest escalator which is a whopping 60m
23. The District line is 40 miles long, serving 60 stations; the most on the network
24. The Viking line was a name proposed for what is now known as the Victoria line
25. The London Underground is known as the Oxo in cockney rhyming slang. Oxo cube... tube...
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