Immediately impressed by the politeness of the natives (what a pleasant
change from some of the places we had been), we caught the train into
the city, took a cab to the hotel, and started on the final leg of our
Click on the
pictures on the map and see some of the places we went.
London Underground was opened in 1863 and is the world's oldest.
Sometimes called the tube, it is made up of 12 lines with 391km of track,
171km of which are underground. There are 270 stations. The system serves
about 750 million people yearly with a rolling stock of 4,139 cars. During
peak hours in the central area trains run every two and a half minutes.
It’s a quick and convenient way to get around, avoid the surface traffic,
and it goes just about everyplace!
the stations, a polite voice makes periodic announcements to "Mind the Gap".
By the way,
if you see a sign that says “subway” – it’s just a pedestrian walkway that
goes under the street!