150th Tube anniversary Oyster card to go on sale


Next year will mark 150 years since the very first Tube journey was made between Paddington and Farringdon on the Metropolitan line. To celebrate this special 150th anniversary a souvenir Oyster card will go on sale from 10 December.

This celebratory Oyster card features the new Underground 150th anniversary logo which is set against a background of vintage Tube logos or “roundels” from the early beginnings of the network to the present day. Customers can use this souvenir Oyster card across the TfL network. The cards are a limited edition and will be available at LU stations and TfL Travel Information Centres in London.

Oyster has changed the way customers pay for their travel, not only on the Tube, but also on trams, buses, DLR, London Overground and National Rail services in London. Transport for London (TfL) is at the forefront of ticketing technology and is renowned for the success of Oyster with more than 80 per cent of all journeys on London’s public transport made using an Oyster card and over 55 million cards issued since its introduction in 2003.

London Underground is organising a wide range of events and activities to mark this historic anniversary. These will look at the Tube’s rich heritage and history and also at the vital role the London Underground has played, and will continue to play, in the economic success of the capital.

Events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of London Underground throughout the coming year include:

  • The re-creation of the first steam train Tube journey on the London Underground on Sunday 13 January 2013
  • A series of heritage rail trips for the public to experience a steam train journey
  • Two new two-pound coins issued by the Royal Mint to go into circulation in 2013
  • An imaginative campaign which will bring together 150 people whose personal stories will help to demonstrate the vibrant history of the Tube
  • 12 short stories by well-known authors on each Tube line, published by Penguin Books
  • Art on the Underground commissions with famous contemporary artists
  • An LU 150 poster art exhibition at London Transport Museum
  • Poems on the Underground to mark the 150th anniversary of the Tube
  • Behind the scenes events and open weekends at the Museum’s store at Acton
  • A new book entitled ‘London Underground by Design’ by Mark Ovenden


1 Comment

  1. Sandra, 3 years ago

    Now, here is something I *am* a fan of, lol. The buses are very cool and efincieft too (just too scared to ride them alone cuz I get lost too easy, lol). I

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