IELTS Academic Task 1: Underground Railway System.

The table below gives information about the underground railway system in six countries.

Summarize the information by selecting and reporting main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

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20 minutes, 150 words at least.


Let me first explain a clear structure for this IELTS essay. The table has three types of data – opening date, route kilometers, passengers. Devote one paragraph to each type of data.

The given table presents information on operational date, route length and the number of passengers in six underground railway systems. (Introductory sentence)

While London enjoys the distinction of having the oldest railway system, Los Angeles has the most recent one. Paris and Tokyo railways were established in the first half of the twentieth-century while Washington and Kyoto’s railways became operational in the latter half of the century. (Date Opened – individual and comparison)

While London has the longest railway route, Kyoto has the smallest. Paris railway’s route is almost half of that of London. Tokyo rail has the route length of 155 kilometers and Washington DC has that of 126 kilometers. (Route Kilometers – individual and comparison)

Though Tokyo rail’s route length is less than half of the London rail, it carries 1927 million passengers per year, which is more than double of what London rail carries. Though Washington DC’s system has a length of 126 kilometers, it carries only 144 million passenger per annum, which is less than 10 percent of Tokyo’s rail passengers. Kyoto carries only 45 million passengers per annum, the least among the given systems. (Number of passengers – individual and comparison)

174 words.

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      • The table illustrates the data of the underground railway networks according to their ages, lengths and how many people use them annually in six capital cities . The distances are measured in kilometers and the number of passengers is measured in millions .

        overall, London’s railway system is the oldest and longest than these in the other cities, while the most recent system is in Los Angeles and Kyoto has the shortest railway network. The railway of Tokyo services the largest number of passengers, wheres the least amount of passengers is transported by Kyoto’s railway.

        Regarding the opening date, London’s railway network is the oldest which has been opened in 1863, as opposed to the most recent on which started in Los Angeles in 2001. In the first half of the twentieth century the railways of Paris and Tokyo have been established, while those of Washigton DC and Kyoto have been operated in the second half of the same century. In terms of distances, London has the tallest railway route of (394 km) which is approximately double of Paris (199 km). The shortest railway network is found in Kyoto ( 11 km), followed by Los Angeles 28 km. The distances of routes in the remaining cities are between (126 km) in Washigton DC and (155 km) in Tokyo.

        With regards to the annual capacity of passengers, The railway of Tokyo transports the largest number of passengers 1927 million which is almost double that of Paris (1191 million) and about three times more than that of London ( 775 million ). Kyoto’s subway is utilized by the least number of people 45 million. The railway of Washigton DC services passengers more about (90 million ) than that of Los Angeles.


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