The people of London are celebrating the 150th anniversary of its city’s underground rail network today, with the world’s first underground train carriage pulling out of Paddington station on the 9th January 1963, on a passenger journey to Farringdon beneath the bustling streets of the capital.
In order to mark this special occasion we have unveiled our very own London Underground infographic detailing some of the many interesting facts and figures about the Tube and the role it plays in the lives of Londoners and tourists alike.
Explore the Tube’s history below and here’s to many more years of great service across London!
Prior to the birth of the London Underground, the capital was a sea of horse-drawn carts, pedestrians and animals. Getting around the city was slow and frustrating and a quicker solution was needed to encourage growth and make the lives of residents that much easier.
Sam Mullins, director of the London Transport Museum, said: "The Metropolitan Railway was a conventional steam-powered railway that was just built underground.
"Essentially, we’re looking at a railway to join up the termini of the main line railways which had all arrived in London in the 1830s and 40s, and were for the most part around the edge of the city.
"Initially the idea was to build a railway that joined up Paddington and Euston and King’s Cross."
But 150 years on the London Underground now spans 11 different lines, serving 270 different stations with an approximate total of 3.66 million weekday users!
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