London is the fastest growing city in Europe and is home to some of the most significant construction projects in the United Kingdom. Most of the projects, including the new Elizabeth Line, are designed with the efficient mobility of large numbers of pedestrians in mind. Escalators provide a solution to vertical lifting or lowering of large numbers of people between various levels, particularly at peak times in these projects.
Designing mass people movement systems is becoming an essential part of the planning process for major projects, employing people movement experts to determine layout, directional flows, and volumes that have significant impacts on physical infrastructure design.
• The world’s first escalator was installed on the Old Iron Pier, Coney Island in New York in 1896.
• The first escalator in London was introduced two years later at Harrods Store, Brompton Road in 1898.
• The longest escalator in the world at 126 meters, is at the Park Pobedy metro station in Moscow.
• The longest escalator in London is at Angel Underground Station and measures 60 meters in length.
• There are 426 escalators in the London Underground system with the oldest being at Greenwood Underground Station at 100 years old.
• A single 1-meter wide escalator can move up to 4500 passengers per hour.
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