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

  • 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!

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