London Mayor: the Tube was 'truly revolutionary'

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson says that the London Underground is "still admired around the world" 150 years after the first trains set off on the Metropolitan Railway.

It annihilates distance, liquidates traffic and is the throbbing cardiovascular system of the greatest city on earth.

It continues to play a hugely important role in the success of our Capital - efficiently moving record numbers of people during the London 2012 Games.

Our massive upgrade programme builds on the engineering ingenuity of our Victorian forefathers and through new signalling, trains and track, millions of Londoners and visitors will continue to benefit from what is arguably the best, and most iconic, underground transport system in the world.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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London Underground: 150 years

The age of steam returns to the Tube today as part of festivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground. The first passenger journeys took place on January 10th.