London transport system is one of the most extensive and fascinating in the world. Developing into a co-ordinated system in the 1930’s the origins in fact go back to the Victorian era. Today the system of bus routes, trains, trams and riverboats support nearly 4 billion passenger journeys per year.
As it is so extensive the network just cannot be renewed all at once. This has lead to the fascinating situation where it is possible to travel on brand new state of the buses and trains, as well as some that date from the 1970’s.
On the tour you will be able to sample some brand new plug in electric buses with Chinese mechanics, the latest and oldest underground trains, an original Routemaster bus and the Docklands light railway. Our refreshment stop is at an Aldgate. The final part of the tour involves includes a “flight” on the Emirates Airline cable car. Our finish location is North Greenwich, with connections to the Jubilee line.
You are free to leave the tour at any point, but of course we hope that you will stay until the end. The tour last approximately 3 hours and as it the first in this series, it is free.
You will need to pay for your fares with your oystercard, travelcard or contactless bank card. The Emirates Airline fare is not included in the travelcard scheme, but discounts are available. If you wish to travel on the original Routemaster then you must use a valid travelcard for this specific journey. The other payment methods are not valid. If you don’t have a travelcard then you will need to travel on a new Routemaster instead for this journey.