London’s busiest tube stations have been revealed, and it comes as no surprise that Oxford Circus takes top spot. The station, which is constantly packed with painfully slow-walking tourists and shopaholics who are always head-scratchingly difficult to dance around, had to shut entrances a whopping 219 times between March 2014 and February 2016, according to TfL data released under the Freedom of Information Act.
Over the same period, Bank’s entrances were shut 90 times, with Walthamstow Central and Holborn just behind on 77 and 55 (top 10 table below). Overcrowding on London Underground is expected to become an increasingly large problem, with Miles Ashley, the director for construction of the Underground network, recently claiming that a population crunch could overwhelm the transport network within 15 years.
Meanwhile between March 2015 and February 2016, there were 547 ‘temporary station controls’, an increase of 3% from the 531 recorded during the previous 12 months.
TfL has been experimenting with a number of anti-congestion measures, including standing-only escalators at Holborn and no-standing zones on certain platforms. Every time I’ve been to Holborn station I’ve seen people ignore the no-walking rule, so it would be interesting to find out how the trials are going.
Oh, and here's that table I promised:
- Oxford Circus - 219
- Bank - 90
- Walthamstow Central - 77
- Holborn - 55
- Finsbury Park - 29
- Warren Street - 27
- Euston - 26
- London Bridge - 26
- Canada Water - 25
- Green Park - 23