Opened on 9 January 1863, the Tube turns 150 today. Here at Bags Of Love, we are celebrating this anniversary with a special edition featuring few interesting facts about the Underground :
Did You Know?
1. Only 45 percent of the Underground is actually in tunnels.
2. Aldgate Tube Station, on the Circle (Yellow) and Metropolitan (Magneta) line, is said to have been built on a Plague pit where hundreds of victims of the Bubonic Plague of 1655 were buried.
3. Angel Tube Station on the Northern Line is Western Europe’s third longest escalator at 60m/1971ft, with a vertical rise of 27.5m.
4. The District (Green) Line has the most stations: 60.
5. Hampstead on the Northern Line is the deepest station, at 181 feet.
6. The station with the most escalators is Waterloo: 23
7. A terrible statistic is that the most popular tube suicide time is around 11 am.
8. According to a 2002 study, air quality on the Underground was 73 times worse than at street level, with 20 mins on the Northern Line having the “the same effect as smoking a cigarette”.
9. Every week, Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the world.
For more facts, please click here: 150 Tube facts by Telegraph
Until then, “Mind The Gap“.