The Tube carried more customers and ran more train services than ever before during the last year, according to new figures released today. And with demand continuing to grow, London Underground has introduced new timetables on two of the network’s busiest lines – the Jubilee and Piccadilly – to provide customers with more frequent services and ensure that the capital maintains its role as the engine room of the UK economy.
The end of year figures, published today by Transport for London (TfL), show that London Underground carried 1.265bn passengers in 2013-14, compared with 1.229bn the previous year. The year-on-year growth of 3% continues the rapidly rising demand for Tube services, with passenger numbers up by a third over the last ten years.
On the Piccadilly line, weekend demand from shoppers, tourists and regular travellers now means that Saturday afternoon services are almost as busy as weekday peaks, so service levels have been boosted from 21 to 24 trains every hour in each direction between midday and 5pm.
Extra trains are also now in service on the Jubilee line, so a full peak service of 30 trains every hour for longer periods during the busiest times in the morning and evening peaks has been implemented.
The new timetable means there will also be more trains on weekdays outside of peaks and on Saturdays and Sundays, with more services linking Wembley Park with the West End, Canary Wharf and Stratford at those times and also with more late night services across the line.
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