With London’s population growing by an extra Tube train full of  people every three days, it’s no surprise that London Underground last week bust through its Olympic record for weekly passenger numbers.

Transport for London (TfL) revealed today that last week (week ending Saturday 13 December) was the busiest week on the Tube in its history with 28.3 million journeys being made.

The new record exceeded the last record-breaking total reached in the week ending Saturday 13 August 2012 during the London 2012 Games when 28.235 million journeys were made.  

Nigel Holness, LU’s Operations Director, said: “This record breaking week comes after we broke the daily record for passenger numbers on the Tube twice in three weeks last month.  This clearly shows that there is an increasing demand to travel on London Underground and that continued investment is crucial to help continue to modernise and improve the Tube network for our customers.

LU also said that more than 19 million journeys have now been made using contactless payment cards since the launch of the new way to pay on 16 September.