Tracks and Trains

What would you do with 60 million bricks?

London’s first passenger railway opened in 1836 between Spa Road, Bermondsey and Deptford, stretching to London Bridge and Greenwich.

The four mile track was built on fields and supported on 878 arches using around 60 million bricks! Fares were one shilling in carriages and six pence in open cars. A few years later the railway carried two million passengers a year.

Spa Road Station closed in 1915 but you can still read the words ‘Booking Office’ on the side of the building.

The first Victorian underground

London Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. Built in 1863, the very first tube tunnel ran from the Tower of London to Bermondsey.

Do you know why it became known as “the Tube”? People think it’s called this because the tunnels were all circular.

The oldest railway station in London

London Bridge station was the first railway station in London and is one of the oldest in the world.

It opened in 1836 and has grown to be the fourth-busiest station in the UK, handling more than 54 million customers a year. It is estimated that 24% of London’s commuters use London Bridge station! Platform 6 at London Bridge station is said to be the busiest railway platform in Europe.

In 2014 building work started on improving London Bridge Station.

London Bridge Underground station is the sixth busiest on the Underground network. Did you know it’s the only station on the London Underground network with ‘London’ in its name?