Christian Wolmar’s world record attempt – to visit all 270 stations on the London Underground network in less than a day – will start in Zone 7 at Rickmansworth on the Metropolitan line just after 6am this Friday, August 7, with the finishing post at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 station some time after 10pm.
“I doubt that any London Mayor or candidate has ever been to every Tube station, let alone in one day,” said Christian Wolmar, who is seeking selection by Labour to be the party’s candidate in the 2016 Mayor of London election.
Wolmar will be using his Tube tour of the city to speak to commuters and Transport for London staff about their journeys and work conditions, and asking how they want it improved. He will be live tweeting along the way, using #WolmarTube as a hashtag.
In his record attempt, Wolmar is only allowed to travel between stations by Tube train, on foot or by bus. The schedule will see him run more than 10 miles in various sections of the route.
Last Sunday Wolmar managed to cover 100 miles on his bike in the Ride London mass event. But tomorrow’s Tube Challenge presents a different set of logistical, as well as physically demanding, problems – such as navigating his way through the Underground’s various connecting pedestrian tunnels at inter-changes along his route, and travelling through two of the city’s daily rush hours.
If Wolmar is able to keep to the gruelling record-breaking schedule, he should reach…
- Oxford Circus around 8.40am
- Epping just before 10am
- Cockfosters just after midday
- Wimbledon shortly after 1pm
- Brixton at 1.45pm
- Waterloo at 4pm
- Bond Street at 5.40pm and
- Hammersmith at 8pm.
The all-important visit to Mornington Crescent is expected to happen just before 5pm.
The record attempt will be live Tweeted by the Wolmar for London campaign team using the hashtag #WolmarTube, with ordinary Londoners and commuters encouraged to follow his progress around the 250-mile rail network, and even join in to support the effort.
Christian Wolmar is the only non-career politician on Labour’s short-list for party selection to run for Mayor of London next year.
Wolmar is a lifelong Labour member, a journalist and author, who has been campaigning for three years to be selected as his party’s candidate in next year’s City Hall elections.
For £3, supporters can register before August 12 to vote for Christian Wolmar in the Labour Party’s selection process. To sign-up, click here: http://www.wolmarforlondon.co.uk/vote