Why are London underground stations so deep

Metro superlatives

The largest route networks

The longest route network in the world meanders through the earth beneath London. The twelve lines come together on a track length of 408 kilometers. According to the operator, every single train covers 73,500 kilometers between the 275 stations every year.

Just behind the venerable London "Tube" follows the New York subway with 386 kilometers of route network. Its 26 lines have far more stations with 468 stations.

Most of the passengers

The Moscow and Tokyo metro are fighting over this record. While some sources see the Russian capital ahead with an estimated eight million passengers a day, others point to the 7.8 million who let themselves be driven through the Japanese underground every day.

Regardless of who is ultimately right: The Tokyo metro should definitely be the metro with the highest space efficiency. If the wagons get too full during peak hours, so-called subway stoppers ensure that nobody has to be left on the tracks. The metro employees clad in white gloves push passengers onto the train until nothing really works.

The deepest metro

The deepest subway in the world is that of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. According to the operator, there are train stations there that are up to 100 meters below the surface of the earth. Some sections of the route should even run at a depth of 150 meters.

You can also go far down in the Russian metropolises of Saint Petersburg and Moscow, where some stations are up to 80 meters deep. To get there, passengers have to travel long distances. In Moscow, escalators sometimes more than 120 meters long lead underground.

Underground works of art

Underground stations are real playgrounds for architects, painters, sculptors and other artists. Many cities have embellished their underground transport system with sculptures, paintings or painted tiles - as in the Tunnelbana in Stockholm.

The Swedish capital's metro network is also known by its operators as the longest art gallery in the world. Around 140 artists helped to beautify the stations of the Tunnelbana. Elaborately designed fountains, grottos, mosaics and paintings await the passenger there.

The Lisbon underground is also extremely worth seeing. The painter Maria Keil was already practicing the art of tile painting there in the 1950s. For the 1998 Expo, the "Oriente" station was also redesigned by eleven artists - including Friedensreich Hundertwasser.