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Jubilee line
Jubilee line trains at Stratford, the eastern terminus (2014)
Overview
Type Deep Tube, sub-surface
System London Underground
Stations 27
Ridership 213.554 million (2011/12) passenger journeys
Website tfl.gov.uk
Operation
Opened 1979
Depot(s) Neasden, Stratford Market
Rolling stock 1996 Tube Stock
7 carriages per trainset

The Jubilee line is a London Underground line that runs between Stratford in east London and Stanmore in the suburban north-west, via the Docklands, South Bank and West End. Opened in 1979, it is the newest line on the network, although some sections of track date back to 1932 and some stations to 1879.

The newer built stations are larger and have special safety features, both aspects being attempts to future-proof the line. Following the extension to east London, serving areas once poorly connected to the Underground, the line has seen a huge growth in passenger numbers and is the third-busiest on the network, with over 213 million passenger journeys in 2011/12.

The line opened on 1 May 1979. From the Baker Street to Stanmore part a new four-kilometre part into central London was added, terminating at a new station at Charing Cross railway station.

The Jubilee Line Extension, opened in three stages in 1999, split from the existing line at Green Park, creating a one-station branch to Charing Cross, which is now closed (although it is still sometimes opened for occasional use as a film set). With the extension, the Jubilee Line is the only line on the London Underground network that crosses all other lines.

On 26 August 2016 Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, announced that the Jubilee line night tube would run 24-hour service's on Friday and Saturday nights starting on 7 October 2016.

Features

Stations on the Jubilee Line Extension feature:

  • step-free access to street level
  • state-of-the-art architecture
  • platform edge doors

The platform edge doors were introduced primarily to prevent draughts underground and to assist in air flow. They also prevent people from falling or jumping onto the track, as well as the build-up of litter.

The Jubilee line is coloured silver on the Tube map, to mark the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II, after which the line was named.

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