Short and Long Stay in London – London Transport Network

Visit Serviced City Pads website who have a range of Serviced Apartments throughout Central London. When visiting all the main London Tourist sites please see following transport options Public and Private.

London transport is one of four main areas of policy administered by the Mayor of London. The London Underground all of which is commonly referred to as The Tube, though originally this destination referred only to the deep level lines, as distinct from the sub-surface lines – is one of the oldest, longest and most expansive metro systems in the world, dating from 1863. The system serves 270 stations and was formed from several private companies, including the first underground electric line, the City and South London railway.

Over 1 million journeys are made on the Underground network, over 1 billion journeys each year. An investment programme is attempting to address congestion and reliability problems including £7 billion of improvements planned for the Olympics. London has been commended as the city with the best public transport. The Docklands Light Railway is a second, more local metro system using smaller and lighter tram-style vehicles, which opened in 1987, serving the Docklands and Greeenwich.

There is an extensive above-ground suburban railway network, particularly in South London, which has fewer Underground lines. London houses Britains busiest station – Waterloo with over 177 million people using the interchange station each year which has services to South West London, running into 14 terminal stations with the exception of Thameslink trains connecting Bedford in the north and Brighton in the south via Luton and Gatwick Airports.

London’s Bus network is one of the largest in the world, running 24 hours per day, with 8,000 buses, 700 bus routes, and over 6 million passenger journeys made every weekeday. In 2003, the networks ridership was estimated at ove 1.5 billion passengers trips per annum, more that the underground. Around £850 million is taken in revenue each year. London has the largest wheelchair accessible network in th world and, from the 3rd quarter of 2007, became more accessible to hearing and visually impaired passengers as audio-visual announcements were introduced. The distinctive red double-decker buses are internationally recognised, and are the trademark of London transport along with the black cabs and the tube.

London has a modern tram network, known as tramlink, based around Croydon in South London. The network has 39 stops, 3 routes and carried 26.5 million people in 2008, Since June 2008 Transport of London has completely owned tramlink and plans to spend £54 million until 2015 on maintenance renewals, upgrades and capacity enhancements. Since April 2009 all trans have now been refurbished.

Although the majority of journeys involving central London are made by public transport, car travel is common in the suburbs. The inner ring road, the North and South Circular roads, and the outer orbital motorway the M25 encircles the city and are intersected by a number of busy radial routes – but very few motorways oenetrate into inner London. The M25 is the longest ring-road motorway in the world at 121.5 miles long.

Contact Serviced City Pads reservations team on 0844 335 8866 for short and long stay Serviced Apartments in London.