London public transport use continues gradual recovery

London public transport use continues gradual recovery

Transport for London sent out an upbeat press release today saying Tube ridership has increased by a quarter since working from restrictions were lifted on 19 January bringing it up to around 60 per cent of pre-pandemic levels during weekdays and higher at weekends, with “iconic” stations in serving business and retail areas seeing the strongest recoveries of all.

Bus use has also been edging up and is now at about 75 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, with some outer London routes nearly back to normal, TfL says.

Last month, On London published figures for bus and Tube use for three consecutive Monday mornings as a way of measuring changes in demand since the end of the New Year period. TfL has now provided the stats for the two most recent Mondays covering the very early mornings and the peak morning period from 7:00-10:00 a.m.

Mondays tend to be the quietest weekday but, of course, the value of these figures is that they allow a week-on-week, like-for-like comparison. The figures below are for Underground entries and exits and for bus tap-ins respectively. You can see the gradual upward trend for both modes.

Underground

  • 10 January: 0.92 million.
  • 17 January: 1.00 million.
  • 24 January: 1.06 million.
  • 31 January: 1.15 million.
  • 07 February: 1.20 million.

Buses

  • 10 January: 1.1 million.
  • 17 January: 1.15 million.
  • 24 January: 1.17 million.
  • 31 January: 1.21 million.
  • 07 February: 1.24 million.

For more TfL public transport stats explore its network demand site.

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