This week commuters in London were unable to use their local train station as thieves had sealed up the entrance in order to try and steal a cash machine! Luckily one man broke through the barriers opening up the station and scaring the thieves away before they could get into the machine. Luckily he knew that if the station had been due to close commuters would have been warned about it.

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How well do you know the London underground? Here are 15 strange and interesting facts about one of the world’s oldest tube networks.

1- The single worst accident on the Underground occurred in 1975 at Moorgate killing 42 people.

2- The Victoria line was going to be known as the Viking line.

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3- The first escalator on the Underground was installed in 1911 in Earl’s Court.

4- An estimated half a million mice live in the Underground system.

5- The most popular suicide time is around 11am.

6- In September of 1940 a census found that 177,500 people were sleeping in Tube stations across London.

7- An air quality study in 2002 found that 20 minutes on the Northern line has the same effect as smoking a cigarette.

8- The most recent Tube birth was a boy in 2009.

9- Approximately 50 passengers a year kill themselves on the Underground.

10- Every week, Underground escalators travel the equivalent distance of going twice around the world.

11- Sting and Paul McCartney are rumoured to have busked on the Underground in disguise.

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12- A man was once found dead on a train arriving at East Finchley and had been on there so long rigor mortis had set in.

13- On 11 July 2000, a tube driver fell asleep behind the controls resulting in the train rolling backwards for over half a mile.

14- More accidents are caused on the Underground by green grapes than banana skins.

15- Aldgate station is built on a plague pit containing more than 1000 bodies.

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So there you have it, 15 weird and wonderful London Underground facts! Don’t forget if your planning on taking someone to London this summer for a treat we at Shareagift can help you save towards the perfect day out! If London is not for them then why not have a look at our guide to this year’s affordable festivals or alternative days out this summer!

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Written by Nick Woodford

I work as the Community Manager for Shareagift in London. I love all things tech, travelling, gaming, am a film buff and ski enthusiast.

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