The Tube has seen a rollercoaster of passenger numbers this year
If our Underground stations had working minds, they’d be thinking: “What on Earth is going on with these crazy Londoners?”
From jam-packed working rush hours in January, to completely empty carriages in March, crammed queues amid 10pm curfews in August, and now lockdown again.https://c66ee0578ac462fbd89e0b0b07759702.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0
While passenger levels on the network are still unsurprisingly low at the moment (it’s not like we can go anywhere, is it?), people do seem slightly braver (or simply have to be) than in the first lockdown.
Something which Transport for London data seems to be indicating.https://c66ee0578ac462fbd89e0b0b07759702.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0
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Bus travel in the capital is back to nearly half of what it was at normal demand (as of midnight on Monday, November 9). Tube travel, however, is still taking a huge hit, with passenger levels at just 23 per cent of normal demand.https://d-34135979741115027587.ampproject.net/2010302236001/frame.html
But this seems a fairly significant proportion when we look at Underground travel in the first lockdown. From March 28 to May 4, passengers levels on the Tube fluctuated between 4 and 5 per cent of normal capacity. They then ranged between six and nine percent throughout May, before hitting 10 per cent of normal capacity in June.
So, when you look at it like that, it is still an increase.https://c66ee0578ac462fbd89e0b0b07759702.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html?n=0It wasn’t exactly busy, but there were a few passengers pottering about
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At 3pm on a Tuesday (November 10) afternoon, there were six other people in my carriage on the Northern line. It’s nothing on normal, but it’s still an amount of Londoners travelling outside of ‘rush hour’ in lockdown.
The station itself was, to be fair, a complete ghost town.
There is one huge contrast visible on public transport between this lockdown and the last. It is of course, the number of people covering their faces.