The Tube has been at the heart of London’s history for over 150 years. But do you know which is the deepest station? 🤓 Or the shortest journey? 😏
Find key facts and interesting figures here.
We categorise our stations in one these four types.
These smaller stations, in outer London or beyond, have lower customer numbers and serve mainly regular customers, familiar with the Tube network. An example of a local station would be Rickmansworth.
These stations serve predominantly inner London communities with many regular users. An example of a metro station would be Clapham South.
These stations are the main visitor entry points to London, with high volumes of customers and a high proportion of people unfamiliar with the Tube network. At these stations, new Visitor Information Centres will be in place. An example of a Gateway station would be King’s Cross St. Pancras or Heathrow 1,2,3.
These busy stations in Central London have high volumes of customers and include commuter rail termini and tourist destinations. An example of a destination station would be Embankment.
Rolling stock (trains)
We use a variety of rolling stock because Tube lines have differing platform lengths, signalling systems and tunnel sizes.
Most units of rolling stock last around 40 years. Major refurbishment can prolong life by another 10-15 years and is much cheaper than buying a new train.
Trains currently in service include:
- S8 runs on the Metropolitan line
- S7 runs on the Circle, Hammersmith & City, and District lines
- The first walk-through gangway train on the Tube – the inside of the train is one continuous length, providing improved capacity, security and passenger flow
- Fully air conditioned
- S7 has 7 carriages, 256 seats per train
- S8 has 8 carriages, 306 seats per train
- Runs on the Victoria line
- Introduced in 2011
- Doors electronically detect objects and prevent the doors closing
- Faster journey times thanks to automatic train protection and operation
- 324 seats per train
- Total passenger capacity per train – 864
- Runs on the Jubilee line
- Introduced in 1996 as part of the Jubilee line extension project
- 234 seats per train
- Total passenger capacity per train – 817
- Runs on the Northern line
- Introduced in 1995
- Usually operated by one person, so their introduction saw the withdrawal of guards on the Northern line
- 268 seats per train
- Total passenger capacity per train – 665
- Runs on the Central and Waterloo & City lines
- Introduced in 1992
- The twin sliding doors, plus one single door at each end of each car, are wider than any used previously on the Tube
- 272 seats per train
- Total passenger capacity per train – 892
- Runs on the Piccadilly line
- Introduced in 1975
- Built to cater for airline passengers travelling with luggage between central London and Heathrow. Extra floor space provided by longer carriages and larger vestibules than its predecessor
- 272 seats per train
- Total passenger capacity per train – 684
- Runs on the Bakerloo line
- Introduced in 1972
- 264 seats per train
- Total passenger capacity per train – 730
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