“ The oldest of them all, the first underground line. The Metropolitan Line is part of the London Underground, coloured violet on the Tube map. It was the first underground railway (or subway) in the world, opening on January 10, 1863 (however, parts of that initial section are no longer served by the Metropolitan Line, but by the Hammersmith & City, District and Circle lines). The main line runs from Aldgate in the City of London to Amersham, with branch lines to Uxbridge, Watford and Chesham. For the initial section of the Line the rails are in tunnel for much of the way; beyond Baker Street, at Finchley Road the Line runs in the open. „
[UPDATED - see end of op] The oldest line of the tube network, one would expect it to be not so well running. On the contrary, it is very useful for all commuters going to central London from the North-West part of it. I have been commuting using this line for the last two and a half years and I can only say one thing. It can boast that it is the most efficiently running line with the most comfortable seats. Especially when it gets a bit chilly, which happens ever so often, the internat heating (built-in to the seats) is firstly directed to the feet, that is where it should. The part of the line I use mostly is from Harrow-on-the-Hill to Liverpool Street. Especially for people coming from the starting stations (Uxbridge, Amersham, Chesham, Watford), there is a fast service that can get very handy for those that are going to central London (special fares apply). One could say that it is like getting a ride on a "kind" of express train and not actually the tube. Throughout the line, there are connections for almost every other underground line. What is also very important is that by travelling on the Metropolitan line, one can get to several airports by using only the tube or in conjunction with some other means of transport. For the cost conscious commuters, the Metropolitan line offers also a lot of opportunities for the travelcard holders that do not travel to central London (fare zone 1) to travel cheaper changing to one of the train connections that exist on or close to a lot of the line's stations. If I could choose one station that is special for me it has to be Finchley Road. It is brilliantly situated offering a lot of bus connections to the north London and Luton and Stanstead airport by getting on the Green Line buses just left as you get off the station. There is also an excellent shopping centre/mall just outside the station. One other very important feature of the Metropolitan line is that there are several
connections specifically with the Jubilee line, that serves a wide part of everyday's commuters. To end up with, I very much prefer travelling with Metropolitan line trains because they are fast and comfortable. *********************** [UPDATE - 6/11/01] I was always of the opinion that a good day shows frmo the morning. Having this in mind, a lot of times when travelling with this line I would hear very polite persons informing the passengers for what lies ahead. Moreover, a lot of them a wishing passengers a nice day as they start their shift. No more grim faces in the yube!