Plaque: First underground passenger railway
Beneath this roadway runs the world's first underground passenger railway. It was opened for public traffic by the Metropolitan Railway Company on 10 January 1863.
Erected by London Transport in 1963.
London's roads were heavily congested, the railways stopped on the fringes of the West End so some way of linking the mainline stations: Paddington, Euston and King's Cross, was needed - the tube. A celebratory banquet was held at Farringdon on the eve of the opening and the Prime Minister, Lord Palmerston would have attended had he not been close to 80 and wanting "to spend as much time above ground as he possibly could".
Site: Baker Street Station & first underground railway (2 memorials)
NW1, Marylebone Road