London Underground has announced that 4.821 million passengers used the Tube last Friday (4 December), which means we have a new record. Last week was also London Underground’s busiest week ever, with 28.76 million journeys recorded by its systems.
Good for you, Tube! You go, passengers! No? Rather than having us dancing beneath the streets, the figures have sparked debate about safety and overcrowding on the transport network, especially as the capital’s population is expected to keep growing at a rapid rate, with more and more Tube records likely to be set.
Manuel Cortes, the leader of the TSSA white collar transport union (who sounds particularly furious), has called on Mayor Boris Johnson, Scotland Yard chief Sir Bernard Hogan and British Transport Police Chief Constable Paul Crowther to discuss the matter with rail unions as a matter of urgency. He's got me all worried now. TfL is already experimenting with anti-crowding measures, and has placed a temporary ban on walking up escalators during rush hour at Holborn station. [Standard]
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