The strange fact about the London Underground you’ve probably never heard – MyLondon



Unlike National Rail trains, you can’t book a ticket on the London Underground.

It probably wouldn’t even be possible given how busy London’s transport network is nowadays, albeit it has been quieter in the last few months because of the pandemic.

But usually, during rush hour, there is a constant crowd of people flooding onto platforms and squeezing onto trains.

Imagine how much longer it would all take if the Tube was ticketed and only a certain number of people were allowed on?

No-one would ever get to work on time.

That’s why this strange fact about the Underground seems so impossible to believe now.

When the Tube first opened, it would have been much quieter than this (Image: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

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Back when the Underground first started operating, the system was very different.

It would have been much less busy, for a start, meaning this old way of doing things was more possible.

Back when the original London Underground trains were running, there were three different classes on the Tube.

It’s not common knowledge that this was the case, but the three classes all cost different prices for a ticket.

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Nowadays there are still two classes on National Rail trains.

You can buy a standard class ticket or a first class one, which costs more but gives you various benefits.

Benefits ranges from simply having a bigger, comfier space to sit in to getting free food and drinks during your journey.

The pricing on the London Underground has changed a lot over the years (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The class system on the Tube, saw the first prices for Tube tickets costing three different amounts.

Depending on which class you chose, you could buy a ticket for either three pence, four pence or six pence for a single journey in Zone 1.

The prices seem miniscule compared to the £4.50 you have to pay for a single ticket now (or £2.40 on Oyster or contactless cards), but it was all relative to the time.

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