Record passengers during storm
Record bus passengers were reported on the capital’s bus network during last week’s stormy weather. 30% more passengers boarded London’s buses between 16.00 and 19.00 than on a normal Monday during the extreme weather conditions on 28 October. The bus network carried 7.54m passengers, the highest number of journeys ever recorded in one day. This was despite a drop in bus ridership expected during half term week when demand usually falls by over 10%. The storm caused disruption to some of the open outer reaching branches of the Tube and there was a significant reduction in the number of people entering the Tube network after using national rail. The Tube carried 3.86m people across the day, approximately 9% fewer than on a typical Monday. A number of Underground stations saw very significant increases in passenger numbers. Combined, the bus and Tube network carried 11.4m passengers compared with 10.7m on an average Monday.