A transport enthusiast has set a new world record for travelling on the London Underground.

Clive Burgess visited all 270 tube stations in the fastest time ever and holds the Guinness World Record for his efforts.

The 55-year-old accountant, who lives in Lewes but was born in London, completed the ‘Tube Challenge’ with friend Ronan McDonald in 16 hours, 14 minutes and 10 seconds – more than six minutes faster than the previous record set in 2013.

His winning journey began at Chesham and ended at Heathrow Terminal 5.

Mr Burgess, who is standing as a Liberal Democrat candidate for the Lewes Priory council ward, said: “It’s not often a district council candidate can say they hold a world record. I lived in London for 40 years so the Tube Challenge is always something I have fancied doing and with a bit of spare time I started planning a route.

“Six months of researching timetables and testing various sections resulted in what we thought might be a fast route. There are so many things to think about. You have to take your food and water with you. Toilet stops were planned. All carriage exits were researched, as were quickest ways through stations.

“We practiced everything so we were prepared on the day. I’m delighted to be a world record holder. It feels great. My wife thinks we are mad. She said 16 minutes on the tube is bad enough.”

Mr Burgess said the challenge was not a way to get to know the network better as he already knows the capital so well. When asked if he was thinking up another world record to set himself a little closer to home, he added: “I have no wish to do something similar in Lewes. I can’t even think of what a similar challenge might be.”

Mr Burgess is also a treasurer at Peacehaven and Telscombe Football Club and used to be a district councillor in Horsham from 2007 to 2011.