London Underground enjoys impressive year

The London Olympics helped deliver an impressive year for the Tube as the number of journeys on the Underground rose five per cent to a record 1.2 billion in total.

Reported by standard.co.uk, figures from Transport for London also suggested ‘unprecedented numbers’ used the London Overground and DLR, rising by 22 per cent and 16.2 per cent respectively.

Furthermore, reliability also improved by 20 per cent, ensuring those travelling to destinations around the capital – such as one of the city’s many event venues, for instance – completed their journey on time.

Tube usage during the Olympic Games was also cranked up by Olympic staff and visitors using ‘free’ travel cards, ensuring the number of people using the service hit record heights.

London Assembly transport committee chair Caroline Pidgeon believes TfL should not become complacent but instead continue to ensure capacity and reliability improves “for many more years to come”.

In addition, Mayor Boris Johnson commented on the impressive figures to londonlovesbusiness.com: “It has been another stonking year for London and the Tube network which has enabled the capital to showcase itself to the world. With London due to grow by a city the size of Birmingham over the next decade it is imperative that we continue to see the sustained investment in our transport network.”