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 Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A decade of London transport statistics

Passenger journeys20002009%
Buses1400 million2300 million+67%
Underground970 million1100 million+10%
DLR38 million69 million+82%
Rail services660 million840 million+27%
River1.6 million2.2 million+37%

Kilometres operated20002009%
Buses360 million480 million+32%
Underground65 million70 million+9%
DLR2.9 million4.6 million+59%

Person-kilometres travelled20002009%
Buses4.7 billion8.0 billion+65%
Underground7.5 billion8.5 billion+13%
DLR0.2 billion0.4 billion+87%
Rail services19 billion24 billion+24%

The mode of public transport that's grown most over the last decade is the London bus. They travel a third as far again as in 2000, with a two-thirds rise in passengers. Underground travel's increased by about 10%, which is approximately the same as the increase in London's population over the last decade. Usage of National Rail trains has gone up by a quarter since 2000. Much of the DLR's very large increase is explained by its expanding network. The Thames may be busier than it was, but still has only a couple of million users a year.

On the roads2000 to 2009
Vehicle kilometres-6%
Cycle journeys+61%
People killed or seriously injured-47%

Private road travel increased by 10% nationwide, whereas London completely bucked the trend and here it decreased instead. Cycling's way up, accidents are way down... it's a triumph all round.

Average number of passengers20002010%
on a bus1317+22%
on an Underground train117122+4%
on a DLR train6379+18%
on a Tramlink tram-53-

The average London bus carries 17 passengers. The average London Underground train carries 122 passengers. Go on, I bet you can drop one of these two fascinating facts into conversation today.

Visitors to London20002009%
Annual domestic visitors18.5 million10.8 million-40%
Annual overseas visitors13.1 million14.2 million+8%
Daily commuters700,000810,000+16%

If these transport statistics have been of interest, TfL has a 290 page pdf full of them. Although be warned, most of them aren't especially interesting.


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