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Northern named London Underground’s worst tube line

Black line on the map named commuter's least favourite by far while Jubilee named Londoner’s favourite

Londoners have named the Northern line their least favourite underground line by a stretch, in a new YouGov poll.

The line is the second busiest in the capital, and is particularly congested south of the river, where it is just one of three lines to reach into south London.

Taking 32 per cent of the vote, the line took the least favourite prize way ahead of its nearest competitors - the District line with 13 per cent of the vote and the Bakerloo line, which took 10 per cent.

Transport for London has even recently taken to handing commuters leaflets encouraging them to take alternative transport - including walking - between Tooting Bec and Clapham North, where people regularly have to wait for two or three trains to pass before there is space to board.

The underground’s youngest line, the Jubilee, meanwhile was voted Londoner’s favourite, taking nearly a quarter of the vote. The Victoria line took second place with 19 per cent whilst in the Central and Piccadilly lines came in joint third.

There is however some good news for disgruntled Northern line commuters - it is currently being upgraded. Once complete, the line’s capacity will increase by a fifth - the equivalent to an extra 11,000 passengers an hour. Journey times will also be reduced by 18 per cent, TfL says.