Transportation in London

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Opening in 1863, London’s Tube station has made an incredible impact on London’s history.

The London Underground has over 270 stations that span over 400 kilometers. The London Underground also offers 11 different lines compared to just two lines SEPTA offers back in Philadelphia.

“You know they’re really clean, generally the subways they don’t smell bad or anything like that. They’re generally very on time, the subways come very frequently,” says Temple study abroad student Lindsay Hargrave, when comparing SEPTA to the Tube.

Another effective way for people to get around in the city is the London bus system. There are bus systems within at least 400 meters for 90% of London residents. That is over 19,000 bus stops in total. The buses also tend to be reliable, serving as a common form of transportation.

To access these services, people buy Oyster cards. These refillable cards have the same concept as the SEPTA keycards, but Oyster cards were introduced in 2003. They can be refilled at automated systems located at most Underground stations.

If people do not want to use either the bus or underground system, Oyster card users have access to a cycle system. In addition to all of these transportation systems, London transport offers trains, river services, and coach systems. Serving over 31 million trips per day, it is no wonder the London transport system is so successful.

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