London Underground Statistics

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General Data

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Item Statistic Comments
Route kilometres 408 kms All lines - 171 kms in tunnels (40%)
Sub-surface lines¹ 150 kms 35 km in tunnels
Tube lines¹ 289 kms 136 km in tunnels
Total passenger journeys/year 970 million year 2000-2001
Total passenger journeys/day 2.7 million Average - some working days record over 3 million.
Number of floodgates 19 In tube tunnels
Number of Lines 12 5 sub-surface and 7 tube
Stations served 275  
Stations owned 253  
Shortest tunnel 80 metres On the North Curve between Rickmansworth and Croxley Green, Metropolitan Line
Longest tunnel 27.8 kms 17.3 miles from Morden to East Finchley via Bank (Northern Line)
Longest distance between 2 stations 6.26 kms Chalfont & Latimer to Chesham (Metropolitan) - 3.89 miles
Shortest distance between 2 stations 0.25 km Leicester Square to Covent Garden (Piccadilly) - 0.16 miles
Longest single journey on 1 train 54.5 kms 34.1 miles between West Ruislip and Epping, Central Line.
Average depth of tube lines 24 metres 80 feet
Train kms/year 66 million  
Highest point on system 150 metres Amersham (Metropolitan) - 482 feet
Maximum depth below sea level 21.3 metres Waterloo (Northern)
Greatest height above ground 18.3 metres Dollis Brook Viaduct (Northern Line over Dollis Road) - 59 feet
Deepest below ground 67.4 metres Hollybush Hill, Hampstead (Northern) - 221 feet
Total number of escalators 408  
Total number of lifts 112  
Deepest Sub Surface Station 18.3m Wapping (East London Line) - 60 feet
Deepest Tube station 58.5 metres Hampstead (Northern) - 192 feet
Deepest Lift 55.2 metres Hampstead (Northern) - 181 feet
Shallowest lift 9.3 metres Chalk Farm (Northern) - 30 feet
Longest escalator 318 steps Angel (Northern) - 90 feet
Shortest escalator 50 steps Chancery Lane (Central) - 15 feet
Sharpest curve 61 metres 200 feet radius on the Central Line westbound track between Shepherds Bush and White City
Steepest gradient 1 in 28 or 3.57% - between Bow Road and Bromley By Bow, District Line.
Busiest station Victoria 76.5 million passengers per year
Most passengers on a line District 180 million passengers over 60 km length
Busiest Line Victoria 174 million over 20 km length
Longest journey Central Line West Ruislip to Epping - 54.5 kms (34 miles)
Station with most escalators Waterloo - 25  
Average Scheduled Speed 33 km/h 20.5 mph (including station stops)

Footnote 1:  The totals of subsurface and tube line route kilometres exceed the total system route kilometres because some line share routes.

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Line Infrastructure Data

Line Route Length Tunnel Open Stations Served No of Escalators No of Lifts
Bakerloo 23 kms 11 kms 12 kms 25 29 11
Central 74 kms 23 kms 51 kms 49 72 12
Circle 21 kms 18 kms 3 kms 27 See Metropolitan See Metropolitan
District 64 kms 17 kms 47 kms 60 21 6
Hammersmith & City 27 kms 12 kms 15 kms 28 See Metropolitan See Metropolitan
Jubilee 38 kms 19 kms 19 kms 27 127 34
Metropolitan 67 kms 10 kms 57 kms 34 30 2
Northern 58 kms 39 kms 19 kms 51 54 21
Piccadilly 71 kms 21 kms 50 kms 52 43 17
Victoria 21 kms 21 kms 0 kms 16 31 1
Waterloo & City 2 kms 2 kms 0 kms 2 see Central see Central

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Line Service Data (tph = trains per hour)

The trains per hour figures are shown here for the central area of each line.  Services on branches will be less.  All data subject to change.


Line Peak service (tph) Off Peak Service (tph) Trains req'd* Stabling Control Centre
Bakerloo 23 15 32 x 7-cars Stonebridge Pk, London Rd, Elephant, Queens Pk. Baker Street
Central 30 18 72 x 8-cars Hainault, White City, West Ruislip, Loughton, Woodford Wood Lane
Circle 7 7 14 x 6-cars Hammersmith, Edgware Rd, Farringdon Baker Street
District 23 plus
7 Circles
14 plus
7 Circles
74 x 6-cars Ealing Common, Parsons Green, Triangle Sdgs, Barking, Upminster Earls Court
Hammersmith & City 7 7 17 x 6-cars Hammersmith, Barking Baker Street
Jubilee 24 15 46 x 6-cars Neasden, Stratford, Stanmore Neasden
Metropolitan 16 plus 14
C & H trains
20 incl C & H lines 44 x 8-cars Uxbridge, Rickmansworth, Neasden Neasden
Northern 30 max.
20 on branches
20 max.
15 on branches
84 x 6-cars Morden, Golders Green, Highgate, High Barnet, Edgware Coburg Street
Piccadilly 24 18 76 x 6-cars Northfields, Cockfosters, Arnos Grove Earls Court
Victoria 28.5 18 37 x 8-cars Northumberland Park, Brixton, Walthamstow Coburg Street
Waterloo & City 19 12 4 x 4-cars Waterloo, Bank Waterloo


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