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What is an Urban Railway?

Here’s another article about our favourite place on Earth, London, UK. If you search on our site, you’ll see plenty of evidence of that passion. And why not? London has pretty much everything. History, culture, architecture, people from everywhere, food, clubs, events . . . the list goes on and on. But, if you’re the kind of reader that we think you are, we’re not telling you anything you don’t know.

So we will commence to showcase something that many of you probably do know, and some of you may not, but even if you do, you might enjoy the sometimes confusing aspects of London: as in “why did they do it that way?” There is always a reason.

You’ve almost certainly taken the London Underground – AKA The Tube – when you’re in London. You can’t escape it (and why would you? It’s a delight and a minor engineering miracle.) Much of The Tube services are centered around Central London, as that is not only where the action is, but also where the offices are. There is also a concentration of Tube services to the west of London – of course to assist those who live that way, but also to serve London Heathrow airport.

But, if you look to the east of London, sometimes the Tube services are a bit thinner. Why is that? Do Londoners on that side need less transit? No, but the transport situation there has been indelibly influenced by history, and how London’s East Side has been shaped over hundreds of years. But out of this fluidity came an ingenious solution – the DLR (Docklands Light Railway.) If you haven’t used it yet, please do. It’s a delight and may show you sides of London that you may not have known existed: East London is colourful in so many ways.

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