London Underground, Tube

London Underground Limited was formed in 1985, but its history dates back to 1863 when the first world underground railway opened in London. Today London Underground is a major business, with over 3 million passenger journeys a day, some 500 peak trains, 253 stations owned (275 served), over 12,000 staff and vast engineering assets.

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London Underground
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The London Underground is a metro railway system in England that covers much of the conurbation of Greater London and some neighbouring areas. It is the world's oldest underground system, and is the largest in terms of route length.

Service began on 10 January 1863 on the Metropolitan Railway, from which the term "metro" is derived; most of the initial route is now part of the Hammersmith & City Line. Despite its name, about 55% of the network is above ground. Popular local names include the Underground and, more colloquially, the Tube, in reference to the cylindrical shape of the system's deep-bore tunnels.

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