London Photo Gallery - Underground

Opened in 1863, the Tube is the world's first underground railway. The Underground brand arrived in 1908 when the various operators started working together. All public transport in the city became state-owned in 1933.

The Northern Line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station serves a growing community of highrise residentials. Construction began in 2015 and the stations opened in autumn 2021 as the first to be added to the Northern Line since 1926.

Elsewhere on the Northern Line ...

The Elizabeth Line's Central London section opened in May 2022, running every 5 minutes between Padddington and Abbey Wood daily except Sunday. Tfl's existing services between Reading and Heathrow to Paddington as well as Liverpool Street to Shenfield were incorporated into this line although a change of trains is needed until 2023. With a tunnelled section under Central London, journey times between Paddington and Canary Wharf have shortened to only 17 minutes.

Trains also have air-conditioning, a rarity in London.

Canary Wharf station can handle the most passengers on the Jubilee Line extension. 27m deep and 313m long, the station is entirely underground built on the former West India Dock. The glass entrance brings plenty of sunlight into the structure.

Many major stations in Central London have been renovated, but due to their historic design, it is not possible to make them fully accessible or safe by modern standards. That means plenty of narrow staircases and no platform screen doors.

But the old walls have been scrubbed and the stations seem well-maintained.

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