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TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL

If you decide to travel to London by plane, you will arrive at one of the five London Airports : Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Luton and Stansted.

London Heathrow airport is one of the world's busiest and most sophisticated airports. It's located 32 km. to the west of Central London and there are excellent transport links. We can travel from Heathrow to central London by some of the following means of transport: train, tube, bus or taxi.

Travelling by train

The Heathrow Expres.jpgs is the fastest way to travel into central London. There are a lot of trains leaving Heathrow from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
The railway network in Britain is one of the most extensive in Europe with over 11.000 miles of lines, 2.500 stations and 1.500 trains a day.
The main railway stations in London are:
Euston, St. Pancras, Victoria and Charing Cross.

Travelling by tube

Heathrow Airport is connected to central London by underground. There are two underground stations at Heathrow. The underground is cheaper than the Heathrow express and it's the quickest way to get around London.
The London Underground railway system (or tube, as it's known) is the oldest metro system in the world and covers the largest area of any underground system. The tube runs to all areas of central and greater London, connecting all mainline stations. There are 275 stations on 12 lines, and 253 miles of route, of which 20 miles are in shallow tunnels and 93 miles in deep tunnels.

Travelling by bus or coach

There are two main kinds of buses in London: the red double-decker bus and the single-decker bus. The places a bus go are shown on the front of the bus. Some double-deckers have automatic doors and you pay the drivers when you go in. On single-decker you sometimes buy your ticket from a machine in the bus.

Coaches are used for travelling longer distances or for going on school outings.

Bus stops are found along all roads in London. Bus routes are identified by numbers and sometimes letters, which are placed at the front, side, and rear of the bus.

There are also sightseeing, open top, buses which you can take to see the most important places , monuments and sights of London.

Travelling by taxi

There are also taxis queuing at Heathrow airport. London's distinctive taxis, black cabs, are as characteristic of London life as its red double-decker buses. They carry a yellow "For Hire" sign above the windscreen which is lit up when they are free.

How to drive in London

People drive on the left-hand side of the roads, so the steering-wheel is on the right. However, the pedals are in the same position as in left-handed cars, with the accelerator on the right. The gears and the handbrake are operated with the left hand.
The minimum age for driving a car in the UK is 17, and 16 for riding a moped or motorbike of 50cc.

There are 225.000 miles of roads in Britain, divided into three kinds:

  • "M" roads or motorways. They are fast roads and have 3 or 4 lanes.
  • "A" roads are the main routes between towns. They range from two-lane highways to one-lane roads.
  • "B" roads are the smaller.

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