Londoners are very fortunate to have an efficient network of tube lines running 402km and serving 275 stations beneath us. We’ve all used them at some point be it for the rat race, or so we can nip into town to buy some clothes. And sadly, we’ve all been on tubes that are packed to them to the point you may even have had your face buried in a stranger’s armpit. It’s not nice.
But what many of us may be wondering is ‘which of the 11 tube lines is the busiest’. There are some strong contenders for the gold medal, but only one can be crowned. Travellers who have screeched into London Bridge from areas such as Clapham Common, and Tooting Bec may well be unsurprised to learn that The Northern Line is London’s busiest tube station, with 294million journeys made on it during 2016/17.
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The Northern Line includes Waterloo, and King’s Cross St Pancras tube stations, the two most used stations on the network – a mere seven stops apart. But, despite having almost 300 million journeys made on it this year, the other contenders weren’t too far behind.
The silver medallist was The Central Line, which runs from West Ruislip in west London, all the way across the capital to Epping in east London. It saw a whopping 289 million journeys made on it that year.
And in third place was The Jubilee Line which also runs from west to east London and it hosted 280million journeys. You can get it from Stanmore all the way to Stratford.
However, at the bottom of the list is The Waterloo & CIty Line, known colloquially as The Drain. It runs between Bank and Waterloo stations only and had 16.9 million journeys on it in the 2016/17 timeframe.
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