Thursday, 10 January 2013

150 Years of The Tube

You are going to 
  • listen to a radio clip about the London Underground
  • do a comprehension activity





Discuss
  • 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?








Listen
  • 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






Read

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.
From http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/150-facts-for-150-years-of-the-london-tube-8444153.html






More
Facts
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/history/150-facts-for-150-years-of-the-london-tube-8444153.html
Pictures
http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/gallery/2013/jan/09/150-years-london-underground-pictures

London Tube map
Click on the map to see an enlarged version






Mind the gap!










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