Working towards the next 150 years…

24 April 2013  •  Author(s): David Waboso, Director of Capital Programmes, London Underground

2013 marks 150 years since the first Tube journeys took place between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan Railway. At a time when people had no electricity in their homes, inside toilets were a rarity and radio and television did not yet exist, the Tube was a revolutionary blast of modernism. From that starting point the network has grown and evolved so that now it is pretty well impossible to imagine London without the Tube network.

As well as being celebrated in London and across the country, our special birthday became a global media event with papers and news channels in all corners of the world. That’s not a total surprise because London is the most visited city in the world and we’re the first ever underground railway, with close links to metro operators around the world. But it has been wonderful to see the high regard and affection that our railway is held in at home and around the world.

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