Friday 4 June 2021 12:18 pm

Number of Tube journeys rises again as reopening continues

The number of Tube journeys rose five per cent last week as more and more people continued to head back to workplaces, shopping districts and hospitality venues.

Last Thursday there were 1.89m underground journeys made in total, up from 1.78m the week before.

Once again, that is the most journeys to be made in a single day since the pandemic began last March.

There was a steady increase in ridership across the City, as well as shopping and tourism districts such as the West End.

The number of bus journeys also rose over 4m for the first time in 15 months on the same day, figures from Transport for London (TfL) show.

In total, there were 4.08m journeys made last Thurday. The previous high was 3.99m, which came back in November on the ease of the second national lockdown.

The figures come with the government set to ease its working from home guidance this month, though there have been reports that it could yet push the decision back.

Despite the increases, the total number of journeys is still just over a third of pre-pandemic levels.

But the rise will give more hope to those depending on commuter traffic for their survival.

Alongside the end of the working from home guidance, numbers should also get a bump when the Waterloo and City Line reopens.

The commuter thoroughfare has been shut since the beginning of the pandemic, but TfL recently confirmed that it would open on 21 June.