The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday this week. Officially opened on January 1863, it now incorporates 270 stations with 426 escalators, employs 19,000 staff and has 402 km of track, 45 per cent of which is under the surface. Annually, the Tube (as it colloquially known) serves more than 1.1 billion customers, which makes it the third largest system in Europe in terms of passenger number, after Moscow and Paris. Instantly recognisable with its logo, the Tube has become an iconic symbol of London’s pop culture for many people around the world. Indeed, it has been featured in many films and TV shows, as well as sang out by many musicians including Duffy, Pulp, Suggs, the Pogues and the Pet Shop Boys. In terms of art, the on-going Art of the Underground project is something to be particularly proud of. It aims to introduce the best international contemporary art for customers, staff and the diverse communities of London – which makes the project truly unique source of inspiration, education and spirit of the capital.
Please find more information on this project at: http://art.tfl.gov.uk/, on the tube at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/, or simply visit our site to arrange a tour of London and its exceptional underground life at www.kolumbix.com.