Happy 50th birthday Victoria!
On Sunday 1 September 1968 the Victoria line began service, with the first trains rolling out from Highbury & Islington on their way to Walthamstow Central, passing through Finsbury Park, Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale stations.
The line, which was extended further south in the following two years before being completed at Pimlico in 1972, has been providing vital transport access to residents, visitors and businesses ever since.
At the time it opened, the Victoria line was London’s first new line since the Central line in 1907. The construction of the line started in 1960 following Parliament approving the construction in 1955. Most of the tunnels had been finished by 1966 and the first stations opened in 1968.
Finsbury Park is currently undergoing improvement work which will result in it becoming step-free for the first time, boosting accessibility for older or disabled customers, as well as those with buggies or heavy luggage.
Today, the Victoria line operates 36 trains per hour at the busiest times, with 100 seconds between trains. This means that over 200 million passengers each year are served by the most frequent train service in the UK and second most frequent in the world.
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