New data from Transport for London shows that Tube ridership has increased by more than 25% since early January, with bus ridership up by nearly 10%.
New analysis of ridership data by TfL has revealed that, since working from home restrictions were lifted on 19 January 2022, the number of people using the Tube during weekdays has increased, with ridership now regularly around 60% of pre-pandemic levels during the week – up from around 45% in early January, with stations close to financial institutions such as Canary Wharf, Mansion House and Aldgate seeing ridership numbers between 8 and 9am already well on track to having double seen while working from home restrictions were in place. Ridership on the Waterloo and City line is now just under half pre-pandemic levels during peak hours, following a full weekday service resuming on 31 January.
At weekends, ridership on the Tube is now at around 75% of pre-pandemic levels and key tourist stations such as Leicester Square are already seeing ridership levels above 80% on Saturday. The Night Tube is continuing to see increased ridership, with levels on the Victoria and Central line now at around 45% of those seen on those lines prior to the pandemic. Ridership on the Night Overground, which operates between Highbury & Islington and New Cross Gate on Friday and Saturday nights, is also now around half its levels two years ago.
While bus ridership has consistently been more than 50% of pre-pandemic levels since April 2021, the recent lifting of restrictions has led to the overall number of journeys increasing by around eight per cent compared to early January.
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