- listen to a radio clip about the London Underground
- do a comprehension activity
- Does your city have a metro or underground railway?
- How old is it?
- Have you ever been on the Tube in London?
- What do you know about it?
- What was London like 150 years ago?
- What effect did the Tube have on London?
Listen again and do the quiz below
Alternative vocabulary gap fill exercise here
Printable worksheets here
Interesting Facts about the Tube
- Each year, every Tube train travels 114,500miles/184,269km.
- The average speed of a train is 33km/20.5 miles per hour.
- Only 45 per cent of the network is actually in tunnels.
- There are 426 escalators. Waterloo has the most: 23.
- The total number of lifts, including four stair lifts, on the Underground network is 164.
- The deepest lift shaft is at Hampstead station and is 55.2m.
- The total number of carriages in the Underground’s fleet is 4,134.
- The total number of stations currently served is 270.
- The total number of staff on the Underground is approximately 19,000.
- The total length of the Tube network is 402km/249 miles.
- The deepest station below street level in central London is Bank, which is 41.4m deep.
- In outer London, Hampstead is the deepest station below street level, at 58.5m.
London Tube map
Click on the map to see an enlarged version
Mind the gap!