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Super

when it works, it's fast and efficient

delays, crashes, clammy, stuffy and smelly.

Ahh, The Tube. If you live in London and you don't have a chauffeur driven car, a wage that can pay for billions of taxis or an expense account as long as my arm, you're likely to find yourself clattering along on this thing at some point. It is the fasted and most efficient way to get around...

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“Guide to the Tube”

published 31/05/2004

quick and easy, fun.

can be delays, weird station names, can get crowde...

The Tube is the commonly known name for the London Underground. It is a system of mostly underground trains that run through the city. It goes out as far as Heathrow Airport on the west Side and as far as Upminster on the east side. There are 17 different lines on the Tube map and they each have...

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Super

“I could have been famous”

published 26/07/2002

Quick and convenient way of travelling through Lon...

The trains are often dirty and can get very hot an...

I haven’t lived in London for donkey’s years, but I still occasionally use The Tube, as the London Underground is affectionately known. Hold on. Affectionately? Does anybody actually hold any affection for the network of tunnels that run beneath the surface of our capital, or the...

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Excellent

“Top notch travel”

published 13/07/2000

Fast, clean, user-friendly, reasonably reliable, v...

Overcrowds sometimes during rush-hour

The Waterloo & City Line was given to LU from BR some years ago in a bizarre deal, the specifics of which I cannot remember. Apparently, it's difficult to make a profit from, but it's a genius idea. This line cuts out what would otherwise be a very meandering journey for a large proportion of...

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Super

“Wonderful out of rush hour”

published 13/07/2000

Not open late evenings or Sundays. Very quick jour...

Very crowded during rush hours

Known as 'The Drain' to the regulars. There is no quicker way of getting from Waterloo to Bank (or vice versa) - and an awful lot of people want to make this journey during rush hour. The crush can be unnerving, but the trains are frequent, so once one has loaded and gone, those left behind can...

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Excellent

Free money

Have to be delayed for at least 15 minutes

This opinion only really applies for regular users of London Underground but it's always useful to know how to get money out of companies! If you are ever delayed on the tube (every day usually!) for 15 minutes or more you are eligible to put in a claim to London Underground, who will refund you...

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Super

great way to get around London

all the people

The tube is a great way to get around London and is generally a safe place, but having been a regular tube user over the past few years I’ve picked up a few ways to make navigating the tube a bit easier and possibly a bit safer. Most importantly always carry your wallet or purse in front of...

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Satisfactory

“Dome visitors be aware”

published 19/07/2000

a fast way to get around

off-peak travel can be dangerous

I travel to London once or twice a week on business, and can now put up with the overcrowding and late running on many lines. Indeed I find the underground to be a great way of getting around, as long as you don't mind the dirt and the noise! I had become complacent, however, about personal...

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Super

“Extensions...”

published 18/07/2000

Added safety. Clean bright and airy

Lacks the 'traditional' smell

I do not know if anyone has been on the recent extensions of the tube around the docklands/millenium dome/canary wharf area... but I must admit that the new stations are very smart. They are large and very clean with ample drop off and pick up areas on street level. The signing within the...

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Excellent

Fast, Cheap, Easy, Efficent,

Busy Times, Can cause problems in the summer due t...

** UPDATE - This is just a little update well a warning if you have asthma or any other crampness or hotness affections than my advice is not to travel in the tube. Temperatures rise very high in packed trains so if you do have asthma than it will cause problems it is better off travelling via...

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Excellent

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Using the London Underground could only really be described as an ‘experience’. I doubt anyone would/could find any other form of public transport like this one. Although I don’t live in London, I have used the Underground on a fairly regular basis for many years, so hopefully...

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Super

“Has it's ups and it's downs”

published 05/04/2002

quick and easy access around London

Can be too packed and too hot

Everyone will of heard of the tube, even you Northerners of ciao. The tube network is one of the most popular and regular used services for access around London. As London is such as big community and the roads are always congested it makes sense to use the tube to avoid the congestion in the...

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Super

Nice trains & quite frequent

Signals on the line do fail a lot and then it gets...

I use the Northern Line every day in my commute from Brent Cross to Moorgate on the Bank branch. Normally I get a seat straight away, or kust have to wait until Golders Green or Camden Town to take a vacated one - hint: the Henrietta Barnet schoolgirls get off at Golders Green (navy uniforms with...

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Good

One of the most comprehensive metros in the world

Being the first means it's now knackered

Almost everyone who accesses London either as a tourist, casual visitor or worker will end up using the Underground at some time. Most only see it as a means to an end, getting very grumpy when it doesn’t work. I just thought I’d put a few bits of trivia together, hopefully to make it...

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Super

Convenient, fast

Can be overcrowded and delayed.

The Tube is a vast network that carries over 9 million people a year from all parts of London to all other parts of London. Fourteen lines in different colours snaking across a map that bears little resemblance to anything other than a somewhat organised plate of spaghetti; hectic, heaving...

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