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Good coverage, quick journey times, good value for money .
Can be over crowded and very warm .
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Comfort of trains
Speed of trainsFast
Safety of trainsSafe
How extensive is their Rail Network?Very extensive
How well does it cater for disabled people?Poorly
Value for MoneyExcellent
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London Underground consists of 12 different colour coded lines (13 if you include the DLR - I haven't included it here as I have a separate review on that) Each line has its own rolling stock and Drivers specifically trained to drive on their own lines. At times the LU can be a very hot and crowded place, which can make journeys unpleasant at times. If you're new to using the LU it can be a very scary place to be. So I would recommend that you familiarise yourself with the route that you will be taking before hand by using a map and maybe speaking to other people about their experiences first. I would also recommend that you never travel alone when possible, especially late at night. There are many things that may happen while on the tube. I would not suggest that you take valuables with you at any time, as the tube is a haven for pickpockets. Once you understand using the tube it will seem like a breeze.
HOW EASY IS IT TO BUY A TICKET?
All London Underground stations have either a number of manned ticket and information windows, or a ticket/oyster machine. SO, getting a ticket is extremely easy and convenient. You can either buy a single ticket or a return ticket, depending on your journey. If you are travelling off-peak (After 09.30am Mon-Fri, any time at the weekend) then the best value ticket would be a 1-6 zone travel card priced at just £6.70. At peak times this would cost you £13.20.
COMFORT OF THE TRAINS.
If you are lucky enough to avoid travelling during the morning or evening peak, then it really is quite pleasant to travel n the tube, as there will be plenty of seats and lots of leg room on the train. Generally, the less people that are on the train, the cooler it is.
SPEED OF THE TRAINS.
The average speed of the tube trains is about 40 MPH, which means that you can get where you need to be in relatively quick time. You might not think that this is very fast, but when you take into account that the distance between most stations on the network is very small, so the trains can't actually pick up much speed between each stop.
SAFETY OF THE TRAINS.
The safety of the trains is quite good really. There are passenger emergency alarms on board every carriage of every train, as well as CCTV and the facility to speak
to the driver in an emergency. If you were to get caught in the doors of a train, there is a built in safety mechanism, that will automatically re-open the doors, allowing you to remove yourself, or whatever that was stuck inside the doors.
Approximately there are 49 accessible stations along the underground network. (Not including the DLR - Please see my separate review)
JUBILEE LINE. (Gray)
The Jubilee line has approximately 27 stations, running from Stratford, in the east, to Stanmore in the west. The Jubilee line has connections with the Central, District, East London, Northern, Bakerloo, Circle, Piccadilly, Victoria, Hammersmith and City and Metropolitan lines.
Connections with National Rail - Stratford, West Ham, Canning Town, London Bridge, Southwark (For Waterloo East.) and Waterloo.
Points of interest - North Greenwich for the Dome. Westminster for the houses of parliament. Waterloo for the Millennium Eye and Millennium Pier. Bond Street for well, Bond Street. Wembley Park for Wembley Stadium. London Bridge for the Tower of London, Madame Tousards and the London Dungeons. Canary Wharf for Canary Wharf.
EAST LONDON LINE. (Orange)
The East London line runs from Shadwell to New Cross/New Cross Gate and has 8 stations. (There were originally 9, but Shoreditch has been closed, to allow for the extension to take place.) The East London line has connections with the Jubilee line.
National Rail connections - New Cross.
Points of interest - Surrey Quays for Surrey Quays shopping centre.
CENTRAL LINE. (Red)
The Central line has 49 different stations which run from, Epping to Ealing Broadway/West Ruislip. Some trains also serve the Hainault loop. The Central line has connections with Jubilee, District, Hammersmith and City, Circle, Metropolitan, Waterloo and City, Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines.
Connections with National Rail - Stratford, Liverpool Street, Ealing Broadway.
Points of Interest - Epping for Epping-Ongar preserved railway.
VICTORIA LINE. (Mid-Blue)
The Victoria line runs from Walthamstow Central to Brixton and has around 16 stations. The Victoria line has connections with, Northern, District, Circle, Piccadilly, Jubilee and Central lines.
National Rail connections - Walthamstow central, Blackhorse Road, Tottenham Hale, Seven Sisters, Finsbury Park, Highbury and Islington, Kings Cross St Pancras, Euston and Victoria.
Points of interest - Victoria for trains to east Grinstead and the Bluebell railway.
BAKERLOO LINE. (Light-Brown)
The Bakerloo line runs from, Harrow and Wealdstone to Elephant and Castle and has about 24 stations. It has connections with, District, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo, Metropolitan, Central, Victoria, Piccadilly and Northern lines.
National rail connection - Harrow and Wealdstone, Charring Cross, Willesden Junction, Queens Park and Elephant and Castle.
Points of interest - Queens Park for the only place where the tube train actually goes through the depot on the journey. Wembley Central for Wembley stadium. Regents park for well.. Regents Park. Oxford Circus for Oxford Street (And for Hamleys toy shop) Waterloo for the Millennium Eye.
CIRCLE LINE. (Yellow)
The Circle line runs in a circular movement (Obviously) in the Centre of London. It serves around 27 stations including, Paddington, Euston Square, Liverpool Street, Bank Cannon Street, Blackfriars, Westminster, Victoria, Gloucester Road and Notting Hill Gate. It has connections with, District, Bakerloo, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan, Northern, Victoria, Central and Jubilee.
National Rail connections - Paddington, Euston Square (For Euston) Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Tower Hill (For Fenchurch Street) Cannon Street and Victoria.
Points of Interest - Westminster for the houses of Parliament and Downing Street. Knightsbridge for Harrods. Westminster for Westminster Bridge.
NORTHERN LINE. (Black)
The Northern line has about 51 stations and has 2 main branches. The line runs from, Morden to High Barnet/Mill Hill East via Bank and Morden to Edgware via Waterloo branch. The Northern line has connections with, Victoria, Bakerloo, District, Circle, Central, Waterloo and City, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and Piccadilly lines.
National Rail Connections - Kentish Town, Euston and Waterloo.
Points of Interest - Tottenham Court Road for Tottenham Court Road (Great Shopping, Especially for Electrical goods...) Leicester Square for all the cinemas.
DISTRICT LINE. (Green)
The District line has 60 stations. The District runs from, Upminster to Kensington Olympia/Richmond/Wimbledon/Edgware Road/Ealing Broadway. The District has connections with, Hammersmith and city, Jubilee, Central, Circle, Bakerloo, Northern, Victoria and Piccadilly lines.
Connections with National Rail. - Upminster, Barking, West Ham, Tower hill (For Fenchurch Street) Cannon Street, Blackfriars, Victoria, West Brompton, Wimbledon, Kensington Olympia, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Ealing Broadway.
Points of interest - Kew gardens for Kew gardens. Wimbledon Park for Wimbledon (Tennis) Victoria for trains to East Grinstead and the Bluebell railway. Westminster for the houses of parliament and Downing Street. Upton Park for West Ham football ground. Wimbledon for the Croyden Tram Link. Whitechapel for Brick Lane.
HAMMERSMITH AND CITY LINE. (Pink)
There are approx. 28 stations on the Hammersmith and City which run from, Barking to Hammersmith. It has connections with, District, Jubilee, Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern and Bakerloo.
Connections with National Rail - Barking, West Ham, Liverpool Street, Farringdon, Euston Square (for Euston) Paddington.
Points of Interest- errmmm.. I can't think of any.. sorry.
WATERLOO AND CITY LINE. (Teal/Light-Blue)
The smallest on the LU. It has 2 stations that it serves and runs from Bank to Waterloo.
Connections with National Rail - Waterloo.
Points of Interest - Waterloo for Millennium Eye, Millennium Pier and the South Bank.
METROPOLITAN LINE. (Dark-Brown)
The Metropolitan line has around 34 stations. The Metropolitan line runs from Aldgate to Uxbridge/Watford/Amersham/Chesham/Chalfont and Latimer. It has connections with, Piccadilly, Jubilee, Circle, Hammersmith and City, Bakerloo, Northern, Victoria and Central lines.
Connections with National Rail. - Amersham, Chalfont and Latimer, Harrow and Wealdstone, Liverpool Street.
Points of Interest - Wembley Park, for Wembley Stadium.
PICADILLY LINE. (Dark Blue/Purple)
The Piccadilly line has 53 stations and runs from, Heathrow Terminals/Uxbridge to Cockfosters. The Piccadilly has connections with, District, Circle, Victoria, Jubilee, Bakerloo, Northern, Central, Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City.
Connections with National Rail - None.
Points of Interest. - Heathrow Terminals 123 and Heathrow Terminal 4 for Heathrow Airport. Knightsbridge for Harrods. Hyde Park corner for Hyde Park. Piccadilly Circus for China Town. Leicester square for Film land. Covent garden for Covent Garden.
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The title contains an obvious irony: the posters on the London Underground have always ... more
been an excellent example of public art, free and accessible to the lumpen proletariat who, as art critic Anthony Blunt pointed out, "are lured into liking the poster before they realise that it is just the kind of thing which they loathe in the exhibition galleryâ¦" Sugaring the medicine came to be a defining characteristic of Underground advertising, the pictorial history of which is traced in this excellent volume, from its beginnings in 1908 until 1989. The selection is made by Oliver Green, the first curator of the London Transport Museum, whose love of his subject irrigates the potentially dry textuality of his admirably brief introduction. Green shows how the advertising focus quickly shifted from the mode of transport to the destination in a bid to capture the lucrative leisure hours of Londoners, and how there was also a desire to simply establish goodwill, a concept baffling to a modern business sensibility inured to the idea of profit uber alles. The posters were the brainchild of Frank Pick, a "benevolent style dictator", responsible for establishing the corporate identity still used by London Underground today. Over 200 of them are reproduced here in colour, embracing a diversity of styles including Cubism, Modernism, Vorticism and Futurism, and inviting us to all corners of the metropolis and its surrounds, but most commonly London Zoo (which of course is nowhere near a tube). Well-known artists such as Man Ray and Graham Sutherland contributed designs, as did a to-be-well-known spy novelist Len Deighton, but the stars were artists such as Edward McKnight Kauffer, whose work over many years showed an unsurpassed understanding of the medium. The most recognisable design, though, was Henry C. Beck's diagrammatic map of the tube network, introduced in 1933 and still iconically ubiquitous today. It is a pity Green does not reproduce it to a greater scale (likewise its interesting geogr