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.

Answer:

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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