London Underground records busiest morning since first 2020 封鎖

London Underground had its busiest morning since before the first coronavirus lockdown in 2020, although journeys to school may have played a bigger role than work commutes in the surge in transport use in the capital.

Rush hour journeys on the tube were up 17% from last Tuesday, while buses saw 39% more passengers, による ロンドン交通局 figures for the period to 10am on Friday.

The rise was particularly pronounced between 8am and 9am, と 22% more tube journeys and 71% more bus trips. Almost 2m contactless “tap-ins” were recorded across the capital’s two main transport modes by 10am.

Schoolchildren and parents travelling appears to have had the biggest impact, with bus journeys already rising rapidly by Friday last week, after most schools returned on Wednesday or Thursday.

しかしながら, morning tube numbers rose by 110,000, 約 12.5%, from Friday to Monday, suggesting that some commuters have returned in the capital.

他の場所, road traffic data from TomTom showed that morning rush-hour congestion in ロンドン peaked at 61%, almost at 2019 levels but unchanged from last week.

Data from the West Midlands showed road traffic up from last week in the morning rush hour and approaching 2019 levels of congestion, でも マンチェスター remained well below pre-pandemic levels, with no significant uplift.

National rail passenger figures are as yet unreleased. A source from a leading operating group said there was “no noticeable increase that we have heard about so far”. He said the industry’s “expectation is that it will be next week before we see any commuter type increases”, despite a marketing campaign to welcome back passengers.

Leisure and weekend travel has returned faster than weekdays compared with pre-pandemic times, according to provisional Department for Transport data up to 30 8月.