Transport for London figures show continued growth in customers using the tube which is primarily due to the lifting of Covid restrictions on 19th January 2022.
Tube customers have increased by over 25% since early January and bus ridership has gone up by nearly 10%.
Millions of customers are now embarking on using public transport again and the Capitals transport network is starting once more to boost economic recovery. Something most definitely needed as the cost of living and interest rates are on the rise.
Ridership levels are now circa 60% of pre-pandemic levels during the week, up from around 45%. Whilst at the weekends ridership on the Tube is circa 50% of pre-pandemic levels during peak hours.
These recent increases demonstrate that customers are becoming more confident in using public transport and that they are keen to return to the Capital. Indeed a study done by the University of Leeds demonstrated that people using the London Underground and other similar rail systems were at a low risk of being exposed to Covid-19.
Andy Lord, Chief Operating Officer for Transport for London, said: “It’s great to see that ridership on our services is continuing to grow in recent weeks as restrictions about working from home have been lifted. Weekday Tube ridership is now around 60 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, and at weekends is even higher – reaching three quarters of normal demand at certain times. Bus ridership is also regularly at around 75 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, showing how vital the extensive network is to help people commute, get to school or visit friends and family.”