Transportation in the UK
Roads and motorways are Britain’s primary domestic transport routes. There are some 225,000 miles (362,000 km) of roads in Britain.
Travel by car, van or taxi is by far the most common means of transport, accounting for 85 percent of passenger mileage in Great Britain.
Most people in Britain travel by car. About 75% of households have at least one car.
Motorcycling is popular in Britain, both as a means of transport and as a pastime with over one million motorcyclists.
A moped with an engine capacity up to 50cc can be ridden at the age of 16 with a provisional license. The maximum legal speed a moped can be ridden is 30 mph (50kph).
A full motorcycle license can be obtained at the age of 17 after passing a test.
Buses and Coaches
We have single-decker and double-decker buses. You can see them in our towns and cities. We use coaches for traveling long distances or for going on school outings.
The red double-decker buses are famous all over the world. You can see loads of them in London.
In London, the taxis are black but in the rest of the country, they are different colors.
Black Cabs are the only taxi you can hail from the street (though they now come in other colors as well). With the “for hire” sign lit, the driver is obliged to stop for you.
Radio Taxis (Ph. No. 020 7272 0272)
Dial-a-Cab (Ph. No 020 7253 5000) both operate a 24-hour telephone booking service for black cabs.
Ladycabs ( Ph. No 020 7272 3300 ) operate with only lady drivers.
The London underground railway system (or ‘tube’, as it is known locally) celebrated its centenary in 1990 and is internationally famous, ranking alongside the Paris metro and the New York subway. London’s tube network covers the largest area of any underground rail system, with 253 miles of tracks, of which 20 miles are in shallow tunnels and 93 miles in deep tunnels. The tube runs to all areas of central and greater London, connecting all mainline stations.
The rail network in Britain is one of the most extensive in Europe with over 11,000 miles (17,500km) of lines, some 2,500 stations, and around 1,500 trains a day.
The trains travel under the sea in a very long tunnel called the Channel Tunnel. The tunnel was completed in 1995 and is 50 meters below the sea bed.
Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking London, Ashford, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Avignon, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, and the French Alps.
Eurostar only transports people, if you would like to take you the car you have to go on the Euro Shuttle.
The “Shuttle” service joins Calais to Folkestone in 35 minutes. We drive our cars onto the Shuttle trains.
When in London, “the Tube” is a great means of getting around!
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ENGLAND: There are 470 airports in England.
London has five airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stanstead, London City, and Luton. The first three have underground connections to the center of London and are the main London airports.
Heathrow and Gatwick Airports are the two main centers for overseas flights. London (Heathrow) Airport is one of the largest airports in the world and has two tube stations.
Top 10 busiest Airports of UK
9 Belfast International
These are the Transportation In The UK.