Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Public Transport in London-London Underground train system (Tube)

The London underground, generally referred to as the Tube, is the world’s oldest and largest rapid transit system. The London underground system provides services to 270 stations, serving about 3 million passengers each day; which tallies to 1 billion passengers being served each year.
The Underground serves North London much more extensively than South London. This arises from a combination of unfavourable geology, historical competition from surface railways and the historical geography of London, which was focused to the north of the Thames. South London is served primarily by surface railways.
Greater London is served by 12 Tube lines, along with the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and an interconnected local train network. Trains generally run between 5a.m. and midnight, Monday to Saturday. Operating hours are reduced on Sunday. 

Zones and Tube Fares

London's transport map is divided into six concentric zones with Zones 1 and 2 in Central London and Zones 6-9 covering the outer portion of the city. Please consider using an Oyster and or Travel card to obtain the best fare deals in your travel; and to avoid squandering valuable time on the queues. If you're caught on the Tube without a valid ticket, you're liable to an on-the-spot fine.
Oyster card prices are always lower than paper tickets for the Tube. For example, the cash fare for a single journey in Zone 1 is £4.50, which is £2.40 more than the Oyster fare.
Various discounts and free travel are available for children, students, the elderly and disabled travellers.

Transport for London produces free maps and guides to help you get around. You can pick up a London Underground rail map upon arrival at any London Tube station. London Travel Information Centres sell tickets and provide free maps. There are maps at all Heathrow Airport terminals, major stations in London and at Tourist Information Centres.

Devised in 1933 by Harry Beck, the Underground map is a 20th-century design classic. It's very useful, clearly indicating the general directions used to designate trains (north, south, east or westbound), and with all interchanges clearly indicated. Some other useful tips when using the Tube are: Avoid travelling during rush hours if at all possible; check the front of the train for the correct destination; stand on the right when using escalators.

Access to most Tube stations is via numerous steps. The London underground system can become very crowded at peak times and therefore, difficult for those with mobility problems.
Many deep-level Tube stations have escalators to platforms. But nearly all the stations with escalators or lifts also have stairs between street level and the ticket hall and/or between the escalator/lift and the platforms. When boarding Tube trains, you should be aware that there is generally a step of up to 8 inches (20cm), up or down, between the platform and the train. If this is problematic, you are advised to travel in the first carriage, so that the driver can see you more clearly, and allow enough time for you to get on or off.

Are you considering visiting London and the U.K.? Then contact the London official visitor agency-Visit London and Partners at: 08701 566 366     

You can also contact the City of London Information Centre: Opposite St Paul's Cathedral:
City of London, Guildhall, PO Box 270, London, EC2P 2EJ
Telephone: 020 7606 3030

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