While most of us in the UK will never ride on the London underground it does have to be said its a very busy network. Serving almost 1 billion people (visitors and nationals) through just these ten stations they are the business tube stations in the London and their gate numbers are just scary…
10 – Paddington – Entries and exits in millions: 49.48
Wiki Info:The London Underground (also known simply as the Underground, or by its nickname the Tube) is a public rapid transit system serving London and some parts of the adjacent counties of Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom.
9 – Canary Wharf – Entries and exits in millions: 54.79
Wiki Info:The world’s first underground railway, the Metropolitan Railway, which opened in 1863, is now part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines; the first line to operate underground electric traction trains, the City & South London Railway in 1890, is now part of the Northern line.
8 – Bank & Monument – Entries and exits in millions: 64.26
Wiki Info:The ‘tube’ network has expanded to 11 lines, and in 2016–17 carried 1.379 billion passengers, making it the world’s 11th busiest metro system. The 11 lines collectively handle approximately 4.8 million passengers a day.
7 – Stratford – Entries and exits in millions: 67.05
Wiki Info:The system’s first tunnels were built just below the surface, using the cut-and-cover method; later, smaller, roughly circular tunnels – which gave rise to its nickname, the Tube – were dug through at a deeper level. The system has 270 stations and 250 miles (400 km) of track.
6 – London Bridge – Entries and exits in millions: 70.74
Wiki Info:Despite its name, only 45% of the system is actually underground in tunnels, with much of the network in the outer environs of London being on the surface. In addition, the Underground does not cover most southern parts of Greater London, with less than 10% of the stations located south of the River Thames.
5 – Liverpool Street – Entries and exits in millions: 71.61
Wiki Info:The early tube lines, originally owned by several private companies, were brought together under the “UndergrounD” brand in the early 20th century and eventually merged along with the sub-surface lines and bus services in 1933 to form London Transport under the control of the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB).
4 – Oxford Circus – Entries and exits in millions: 83.26
Wiki Info:The current operator, London Underground Limited (LUL), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL), the statutory corporation responsible for the transport network in Greater London. As of 2015, 92% of operational expenditure is covered by passenger fares.
3 – Victoria – Entries and exits in millions: 83.50
Wiki Info:The Travelcard ticket was introduced in 1983 and Oyster, a contactless ticketing system, in 2003. Contactless card payments were introduced in 2014, the first public transport system in the world to do so.
2 – King’s Cross St. Pancras – Entries and exits in millions: 95.03
Wiki Info:The LPTB was a prominent patron of art and design, commissioning many new station buildings, posters and public artworks in a modernist style. The schematic Tube map, designed by Harry Beck in 1931, was voted a national design icon in 2006 and now includes other TfL transport systems such as the Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and TfL Rail.
1 – Waterloo – Entries and exits in millions: 100.36
Wiki Info:Johnston (or Johnston Sans) is a sans-serif typeface designed by and named after Edward Johnston. The typeface was commissioned in 1913 by Frank Pick, commercial manager of the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (also known as ‘The Underground Group’), as part of his plan to strengthen the company’s corporate identity. Johnston was originally created for printing (with a planned height of 1 inch or 2.5 cm), but it rapidly became used for the enamel station signs of the Underground system as well.