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Friday 22 August 2014

Time capsule for Tube users of 2063

Published 08/01/2014 | 11:42

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The time capsule contains a video showcasing a 'day in the life' of the Underground network
The London Underground began operation 150 years ago
Tottenham Court Road Underground station is being enlarged to six times its current size

Tube travellers using the system on its 200th anniversary in 2063 will get a glimpse of what commuting was like in the 150th year - 2013.

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A time capsule to be opened in 50 years is going on display in the Tottenham Court Road Underground station in central London, where redevelopment is taking place.

Its installation marks the final act of celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the start of the London Underground (LU) system which began in January 2013.

Made from a salvaged District line signalling box, the time capsule's contents include a specially made short film showing a "day in the life" on the Tube in 2013, c opies of the Evening Standard and Metro newspapers, a special edition 150th anniversary Oyster card and a Baby on Board badge similar to the one presented to the Duchess of Cambridge last year.

Tottenham Court Road station's redevelopment includes a ticket hall enlarged to six times its current size which will open in 2016.

LU managing director Mike Brown said: "LU's 150th anniversary year has been truly extraordinary, reminding Londoners of the amazing engineering achievement of the pioneers who built the network and the enduring vital importance of the network to the London of today and the future.

"We are making further huge improvements as we continue to modernise the network to ensure that it is capable of meeting the demands of our city's rapidly growing population. "

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