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London Transport Trivia
*I got this trivia from Wikipedia, TFL, Crossrail, and the sites that come up first when you Google “Tube Trivia”.*
- Gladstone and Dr. Barnado were the only people to ever have their coffins transported by tube.
- Aldwych station (now closed) is featured on level 12 in the Tomb Raider game with Lara Croft killing rats.
- Regent’s Park, Piccadilly Circus, Hyde Park Corner and Bank are some of the few stations which do not have an above ground surface building.
- The tunnel between East Finchley and Morden (via Bank) is the Underground’s longest and the 2nd longest rail tunnel in the world, 27.8km (17.25 miles).
- The walking time between two underground stops in central London is never more than 10 minutes, and is sometimes a lot less. In fact, the shortest distance between two adjacent stations on the underground network is only 260 metres. The tube journey between Leicester Square and Covent Garden on the the Piccadilly Line takes only about 20 seconds, but costs £4.30.
- The phrase MIND THE GAP originated on the Northern line in 1968.
- London’s Tube is the oldest underground railway in the world. The Metropolitan Line – opened on 10 January 1863. The first stretch measured four miles and ran between Paddington and Farringdon.
- They are making new extensions for lines, and they making two lines called Crossrail 1 and Crossrail 2.
The Victoria line was going to be part of the Crossrail.
- There are trams in London, from Wimbledon to New Addington, Beckenham Junction, and Elmer’s End.
- The Tube is the second longest city rail way in the world.
- Five tube stations are named after pubs: Angel, Elephant & Castle, Manor House, Royal Oak and Swiss Cottage
- Keep your eyes open for the silver 9 bus. It is Year of the Bus and Mayor of London Boris Johnson is bringing back the old Routemaster buses.
- A 76 bus was driving over Tower Bridge when he realised that the bridge was opening. The driver couldn’t stop, so he accelerated. He went fast enough to jump over the gap.
- The 9 bus was described as the “cheapest and best tour”, because it goes through lots of cool places.
- Crossrail is Europe’s largest construction project – work started in May 2009 and there are currently over 10,000 people working across over 40 construction sites.
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