Friday, May 22, 2015

Economist: tube congestion in London

The Economist has published an interesting chart (see below) highlighting how the morning and evening rush hour periods for the London Underground have increased in recent years. It's certainly a factor to consider if you are thinking about working in the city. Here are some facts pulled from the article:

  • Since 2007 the number of journeys on the Tube has increased by 30%.
  • Passengers now make 4m trips on the Underground each day. 
  •  The rush hour—which today lasts for nearer three hours—has become even more crowded: since 1991 the number of people crammed on to carriages in the morning and afternoon peaks has increased by nearly 50%. 
  • Over the same period the number of people travelling off-peak has almost doubled, with much of the increase in the past decade (see chart). 
  • Since 2004 the number of people travelling to work in central London has increased by nearly a third. Between 2004 and 2014 the number of overseas visitors on holiday increased by 52%. 
  • Another reason is that using the Tube has become much easier. In 2003 Transport for London (TfL), the transport authority, introduced the Oyster card, an electronic ticket. This bit of blue plastic “changed the whole equation” of how people get around the city.

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