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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Record numbers use the Tube this year

976 million passenger journeys

Whether we love it or loathe it, we seem to be using the Tube in increasing numbers as London Underground published figures yesterday saying that there was a 3% increase in travel.

According to yesterday's
press statement "LU also ran more trains then ever before, clocking up a huge total of nearly 70m kms - That's the equivalent of 1,735 times round the world, or 90 trips to the moon and back."

Sometimes on the District Line it can feel as thought it would be faster to travel to the moon and back or do a round world trip.

Speaking of round the world trips, I must report on that photographic exhibition that was on/may still be on at Piccadilly Circus where a woman catalogues how many miles she's been travelling on the tube and then sends a postcard of her in the equivalent place she could have been too if she's travelled in a straight line - like Brighton or Edinburgh or whatever. Cool idea.

Anyway Sheriff Ken is patting himself and the team on the back as result of the figures: "We all know that years of neglect have taken an enormous toll on the Tube's performance, but these figures show the new management team are starting to make real progress."

The statement continues: "In addition to providing more Tube service, the quality of service has also improved, for example by giving passengers more information on how the Tube is running.

Passengers have clearly noticed, as LU customer satisfaction scores have improved and are also at record levels

See it's official - The Tube is Good.

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