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The Central line is the most delayed line on the Underground

James Manning

The Central line is kind of awful. This may not be shocking news to the 700,000-odd people who cram themselves on to it every day, but we’ve discovered that the Central line is officially the worst tube line for delays. Adding up TfL figures from the year to April 2016, the line suffered from 249,473 minutes of stoppage: the equivalent of 173 days. The second worst is the rickety District line, followed by the Piccadilly, the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines (counted together by TfL) and the ancient Metropolitan. On the bright side, total tube delays hit their lowest ever level in 2015. But considering the Central is also the busiest and hottest tube line, it might be time to reroute your commute.

Photo: Daniel Coyle

Need another reason to hate the central line? It's also the worst tube line for pickpocketing

In other tube news, you can see the original tube map drawing at a new British Library exhibition

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